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Autonomous cars may cause claim trends to change

Georgia drivers who have heard about some of the autonomous vehicle prototypes that have hit the roadways may be interested to learn that they could change the type of claims that get filed. Because these autonomous vehicles have the ability to take driver error out of the equation, claims may shift from personal injury lawsuits to product liability claims.

Autonomous vehicles are designed to be safer as the software put into the cars are configured to follow the rules of the road. Further, they can also potentially prevent distracted or drunk driving. However, software is not immune to fatigue. As such, accidents may begin to involve the manufacturer who built the vehicle and the software company.

The actual investigations into car accidents may also shift focus as well. For example, investigators may not be trying to determine which driver ran a red light. Instead, they may be more focused on whether or not a vehicle sustained a software glitch or if it somehow malfunctioned otherwise. Even so, it is expected that as more autonomous vehicles take the road, the number of accidents that occur will eventually decrease.

When multiple vehicles are involved in a car crash, one of the first things that investigators do is to determine who is liable for the accident. If it can be determined that it was caused by the negligence of another motorist, a personal injury attorney can often be of assistance to an injured victim in seeking appropriate compensation for the losses that have been incurred.

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