Entirely autonomous vehicles are not yet available to consumers, but companies test self-driving cars on roads in major cities in America. Their goal is to put driverless vehicles on the road throughout the country.
Consumers can use driver assistance technologies available on many new vehicle models until then. Unfortunately, these “self-driving cars” can lull drivers into a sense of complacency that could contribute to the cause of a car accident. In addition, in some cases, malfunctioning systems can contribute to motor vehicle accidents.
The Baltimore self-driving car accident lawyers of William G. Kolodner Personal Injury Lawyers have over 100 years of combined legal experience handling car accident cases. Since 1977, our legal team has helped injured victims throughout Maryland.
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How Our Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers Help You With a Car Accident Claim
Car accident claims can be complicated. When the case involves specialized technology, you need experienced product liability attorneys who handle car accident cases. At William G. Kolodner Personal Injury Lawyers, our injury attorneys have extensive experience handling these types of vehicle accident claims.
When you hire our award-winning legal team, you can expect us to:
- Investigate the car crash to determine the factors contributing to the accident
- Work with expert witnesses to analyze the self-driving systems of the vehicle
- Identify the parties responsible for the car wreck and file injury claims and insurance claims
- Monitor the progress of claims while documenting your injuries and damages
- Negotiate with the insurance company and other parties to settle claims for fair compensation
- File a lawsuit and advocate for your best interest in court
Our Baltmore car accident lawyers at William G. Kolodner Personal Injury Lawyers are dedicated to getting you the money you deserve after a car crash. We pursue every legal avenue to maximize the amount you receive for your claim.
We want to help you with your case. Call our law firm to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our attorneys about your car accident in Baltimore, Maryland.
What Types of Car Accidents Do Self-Driving Cars Cause in Baltimore?
Driver assistance technologies are marketed to consumers as a way to reduce the risk of being involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, technology can malfunction. Defective systems can contribute to the cause of an accident.
Self-driving car accidents might include, but are not limited to:
- Head-on crashes
- Lane change accidents
- Rear-end crashes
- Bicycle accidents
- Intersection accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Backing up accident
Drivers may excessively rely on driver-assist technologies. As a result, they may fail to check blind spots. Drivers may believe it is okay to check emails, send text messages, or do other activities because the “car” will drive for them.
What Types of Injuries and Damages Are Caused by Self-Driving Car Accidents?
As with other car crashes, a self-driving car accident can cause catastrophic injuries. Accident victims may sustain traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and internal organ damage. In addition, they may develop permanent impairments, including amputations and paralysis.
The types of damages you could receive for a car accident injury include, but are not limited to:
- Pain and suffering damages
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Decreases in future earning potential
- Disabilities and impairments
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Decrease in quality of life and enjoyment of life
- Wrongful death benefits for surviving family members
How much your case is worth depends on the facts of your case. For example, severe injuries and permanent impairments increase the value of an injury claim.
However, if you were partially to blame for the cause of the accident, you could be barred from receiving any compensation under Maryland’s pure contributory negligence laws. If anyone suggests your actions contributed to the cause of the crash, we recommend you call us immediately. The at-fault parties may be trying to avoid liability for the claim by shifting the blame for the car accident to you.
Whom Can I Sue for a Self-Driving Car Accident In Maryland?
The factors that led to the car crash determine who is liable for the damages caused by the collision. For example, if another driver caused the accident, that driver would be liable for damages.
However, if the driver assistance technology had a defect or malfunctioned, the designer, software company, car manufacturer, and other parties could be liable for damages. Our legal team thoroughly investigates every aspect of a self-driving car accident. We consult expert witnesses and accident reconstructionists to identify each factor that led to the cause of your car accident.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Baltimore Car Wreck Lawyers
You may be entitled to compensation after a car accident. However, the insurance companies and responsible parties work to limit their liability. We fight to hold them responsible for all damages they cause.
Please reach out to our law firm by phone or online to schedule a free case review with an experienced Baltimore self-driving car accident lawyer.