As autonomous technology continues to evolve in functionality and spread in use, the likelihood of it directly affecting our lives seems inevitable. For some individuals in Ohio, that day might be coming sooner than expected. Thanks to DriveOhio, an initiative developed by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Smart Columbus, autonomous shuttles might soon be running on the streets in Columbus. Are you ready for the arrival of driverless shuttles? Let’s take a look at the risks this new transportation option potentially poses to passengers.
Autonomous vehicles are not infallible. In fact, there have been more than a few high-profile accidents involving driverless cars, some of which led to the death of at least one of the parties involved. This is one of the risks that is inherent when opting to use autonomous technology: the service is only as safe as the technology powering it, and unfortunately development in this particular industry is still ongoing. If you decide to utilize autonomous public transportation options and should be injured in an accident of some sort, do you know who would be at fault?
Further considerations must be taken beyond passenger risk, to include risks for other drivers on the roads as well as risks for pedestrian traffic and personal property. Recent news headlines displaying the failure of autonomous vehicles to sense and react to everyday traffic and movements are terrifying!
The attorneys at NRS Injury Law have the experience needed to ensure that you receive the best compensation possible. Determining exactly who is responsible for your injuries is the top priority. Depending upon the exact circumstances, this could be another driver, the business responsible for programming the autonomous shuttles in question, or even a firm or business related to ODOT. The best way to make sure that you receive proper medical care, the financial compensation needed to fund it, and any additional compensation for pain and suffering, is to put expert support in your corner.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of an autonomous vehicle accident, or any kind of traffic accident, reach out to Nager, Romaine and Schneiberg for a free case evaluation.