Following approximately a dozen other accidents, Google’s self-driving car has now been involved in its first collision that led to injuries.
Google’s Lexus SUV was rear-ended in Mountain View, Ca. Three Google employees on board complained of whiplash while the driver of the other car also complained of neck and back pain.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in an accident with a self-driving vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. The experienced auto accident lawyers at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy can review your claim free of charge to determine your legal options.
The accident on July 1 was the 14th accident to have involved Google’s self-driving vehicles in the past six years. Google says that its vehicle has not caused any of the collisions, the majority of the crashes were rear-end collisions in which Google states other drivers were distracted.
In the most recent accident, the car sensors in Google’s SUV revealed the driver who hit the self-driving vehicle did not hit their brakes. Mountain View Police did not file an accident report.
News of these accidents comes around the same time the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) admits to struggling to keep up with emerging vehicle technologies. The administration is currently reviewing federal safety rules to determine if self-driving vehicles, like Google’s SUV, pose safety issues.
Additionally, the NHTSA intends to make organizational changes that will focus on vehicle electronics, cyber security and automated vehicles. Whether these changes will also lead to reform is unknown. Specifically, questions about liability, insurance premiums and potential defects still surround the future of autonomous vehicles.
The team of attorneys at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy continue to stay abreast of emerging vehicle technologies and how it could affect a personal injury claim in the future. If you were recently hurt in a car wreck, contact a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer that you can trust to fight for your rights.