Large ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft have already become a part of the way we get around. But their investments and acquisitions tell us they also plan to shape the future of transportation. Autopilot and self-driving technologies have become a hot ticket in the tech world. You may be surprised to learn that this technology is already being tested on public roads in cities all across America. These experiments may drive innovation, but they also present risks to innocent drivers, pedestrians, and passengers. If your or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a ridesharing service, an Alexandria rideshare accident attorney can help you seek the damages you are entitled to.
The hazards presented by self-driving and autopilot systems may seem like a far-off fantasy. The stuff of science fiction. But it’s far more common than you might think. Tesla has grabbed headlines for the beta version of their autopilot technology and its capabilities. In addition, dozens of car manufacturers have begun including limited self-driving functions in the form of “parking assist” features. This technology isn’t limited to luxury models either. Models from Jeep, Volkswagen, and even Ford have gone to consumers with this functionality.
Tragically, the US has already seen its first self-driving car fatality. A 49-year-old woman in Tempe, Arizona was struck by a self-driving Uber test vehicle while crossing the street. While no trial occurred, the victim’s family was able to secure an undisclosed out of court settlement from Uber.
Technological progress is often a messy business. The regulation and mass-market adoption of self-driving technology promises to be a saga full of twists and turns. We here at Malloy Law Offices, LLC want to keep our clients and fellow DC metro area residents informed of updates in the law and how it affects them. Our experienced attorneys have the knowledge to win you the maximum damages from your rideshare accident. Don’t face the aftermath of a rideshare accident alone. Contact an Alexandria rideshare accident attorney today.