Sharing the road with driverless vehicles in the future

On Behalf of | May 15, 2019 | Car Accidents |

There are have been many headlines lately about driverless vehicles and the safety of these types of vehicles. Like many others, you may be wondering how safe these vehicles really are, and how it can possibly be smart to have completely autonomous machines making potentially life or death consequences.

If you are a Florida driver, it is possible that you could be sharing the road with driverless vehicles much sooner than you expect. Recently, state legislators passed a measure that would now make it legal to operate a driverless vehicle on any state roads. As a person who will potentially be sharing space with autonomous vehicles in the near future, it could be in your interests to learn as much as possible about what this means for you and your safety.

What’s next?

Automated vehicles are not quite ready to be available for large-scale release. Many prototypes are still in the testing phase, but this measure means that as soon as they are available, people can buy them, and they can operate on any Florida road. Rideshare companies are regarding the legislation as an important and positive step.

While these vehicles will be a reality in the future, it is likely that it will be decades before they are a major presence on the road. As you may know, there are significant safety factors to consider, as well as infrastructure concerns and much more. Companies working to develop automated vehicles are all working to ensure that their products are as safe as possible. Failure to do so could expose these companies to the risk of litigation. 

The rights of Florida accident victims

Automated vehicles will bring a host of new legal issues to consider as these cars slowly begin to make their way on the road. Who is responsible for an accident involving an autonomous vehicle? Will these vehicles make mistakes that could potentially harm innocent drivers? These are just a few of the issues that may concern you. 

In the meantime, it is helpful to remember that you have rights as an accident victim. No matter who was or was not behind the wheel of the vehicle that caused your collision, you have the right to seek financial compensation from the appropriate parties. Personal injury claims can be complex, and you will find it beneficial to work with an experienced attorney from the initial stages of the process.


attorneys Brad Culpepper and Brett J. Kurland