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The Dawn of Self-Driving: The New Frontier in Personal Injury Lawsuits in Brooklyn

 In Blog, Law, Personal Injury

The advent of assistive self-driving technology has revolutionized the driving experience. This autopilot technology, especially prominent in newer vehicles such as Tesla, takes command in certain situations, relieving driver fatigue and easily navigating mundane driving scenarios like bumper-to-bumper traffic or long highway journeys. This technology proves particularly beneficial in areas like Brooklyn’s Belt Parkway, renowned for its continual traffic gridlocks. Nonetheless, the technology is not perfect and accidents can lead to serious injury.

Benefits and Risks of Self-Driving Vehicles (Auto Pilot)

The introduction of this technology has simplified driving, offering an unmatched level of convenience and safety. However, it’s not without potential hazards. A significant concern is the propensity of drivers to overly rely on this system, consequently forgetting their duty to stay alert and engaged. While these systems may be better drivers (on average) than many drivers, it is not perfect and can still lead to accidents, serious injuries and even death.

Drivers’ overconfidence in the technology, leading to inattentive drivers, can lead to perilous situations. It’s not just the drivers at risk – pedestrians, cyclists, and other road users. Any of these people may also be negatively impacted by self-driving car users who do not maintain vigilance or react promptly to unforeseen events.

The Distraction Dilemma

The advent of assisted driving technology has created an inflated sense of trust and confidence in drivers. Drivers now forfeit control and engage in other activities while the vehicle operates in auto pilot. However, this newfound “freedom” can be exceedingly dangerous. Drivers ignore the road, use their cell phones and engage in other activity that puts others at risk. We are even aware of situations where drivers were reading books, playing video games, or performing other activities while “driving.”

The problem is that these are assistive technologies, and the driver must remain fully engaged. In the event of a dangerous situation, the car may react to protect you and others. However, it may also fail to detect that danger, leading to a serious accident.

Recently, a driver in Fort Myers, FL reported seeing a man reading a book while driving at 70 miles per hour on the busy 1-75 highway; he was relying on the car’s autopilot functionality, and completely ignored the road, traffic and other cars.

In another incident, a TikTok star named Johnathon Cook decided to promote himself on social media, by pretending to sleep at the wheel while driving his Tesla on the highway. He had his eyes closed, to create a more outrageous post. In doing so, he displayed a complete disregard for the safety of those around him.

It is crucial that individuals recognize the importance of remaining attentive and focused while driving. Newer driving technologies augment the driver, they do not (yet) replace the driver. It is still the responsibility of the driver, whether in Brooklyn or anywhere else in the US, to remain attentive, alert and in control of their vehicle.

Evidence Gathering: The Key to Proving Negligence

In personal injury lawsuits stemming from car accidents, it is the plaintiff’s responsibility to substantiate the negligence of the other party involved. This negligence could be a lack of attention, reckless driving, or an unwarranted reliance on self-driving technology. A plaintiff’s claim is significantly strengthened by solid evidence, which can take various forms, such as witness testimonies, photographs of the accident scene, police reports, medical records, and even expert analyses.

The plaintiff’s attorney plays a pivotal role in gathering this evidence, piecing together the narrative, and presenting a compelling argument that demonstrates the defendant’s negligence. Remember, the burden of proof lies with the plaintiff – the victim of the accident. It is of paramount importance to consult with a skilled and experienced personal injury lawyer who can guide you through this complex process. A strong legal advocate can significantly impact the outcome of your case, ensuring that justice is served, and fair compensation is secured.

Evidence Collection in Personal Injury Cases

After a car accident, whether a self-driving vehicle or other, the process of proving the offending driver’s actions or inactions caused the accident can be difficult. Irene Gabo has extensive experience in these types of cases, understands what is required to gather evidence, as well as how to present that evidence to show your strongest case. This can include photographs from the scene, video from the scene, dashboard cameras, phone records indicating texting at the time of the accident, nearby traffic and security cameras that may have captured the accident, and more.

By collecting and compiling this evidence, Ms. Gabo is able to construct a persuasive case that can strengthen your personal injury claims.

If You Have Been in an Accident with a Self-Driving Vehicle, Contact Us Today

If you need assistance or have questions, feel free to call us at (800) 560-0214 or fill out the form on our website. Arrange a consultation with Irene H. Gabo, Esq. for expert advice on your personal injury case and insights into the legal procedures.