It wasn’t my fault: Should drivers of automated cars pass a driving test?

Published: 24/10/2016

It wasn’t my fault. When it comes to car accidents, this is a phrase used often.

But in the new age of driverless cars, ‘faultless’ accidents could be set to become more common than ever, making personal insurance claims easier to come by.

The development of autonomous motors means accountability for car accidents could soon turn to vehicle manufacturers when the technology fails, not the driver.

Some experts, on the other hand, are suggesting ‘drivers’ of driverless vehicles should maintain a level of accountability, even passing a driving test.

This week in Tech Radar magazine, it was asserted that ‘driverless’ drivers should be made to pass an exam to ensure they are capable of handling an automobile.

This suggestion comes following a man in the US died earlier in the year, after his automated car crashed.

What does this mean for drivers of the future, then?

Adele Whittle, Director of Operations at Goldsmith Williams, comments:

“The introduction of automated vehicles poses some very interesting questions for personal injury law.

“If your car’s manufacturer claims your vehicle is ‘driverless’, it becomes difficult for them to then argue that an accident is your fault.

“On the other hand, if you are checking your Facebook account while your car faults and, as a result, don’t react and the car crashes, the issue of blame might become a little trickier.

“Regardless, it is clear that personal injury claimants could face some unique challenges in coming times, so it always best to enlist the assistance of someone with good experience in the area should you be involved in an accident that causes you injury or financial loss.”

Content correct at time of publication.

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