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Autonomous vehicles may change the type of claims filed

As more autonomous vehicle prototypes take to the roadways, Michigan residents may wonder how the improvements in technology will have an impact on the types of claims and lawsuits that are filed. According to an expert, it is likely that the number of personal injury lawsuits will go down while the rate of product liability claims will increase.

When vehicles become involved in a car crash, it is usually determined whether one or both drivers were liable. In many cases, a person may file a personal injury lawsuit against one or multiple drivers depending on who was considered to be liable for causing the incident. When it comes to vehicles that are being driven by software, however, the claims may shift to product liability lawsuits, targeting the manufacturer of the vehicle and the software developer as responsible for any accidents. Adjusters will have to turn their investigations from the drivers to the software.

There are other types of claims that may also become more common when autonomous vehicles are produced on a commercial level. For example, there may be more cases of hacking than ever before. Hackers could potentially gain access to the vehicle remotely by corrupting the software code.

Car accidents can result in serious injuries that require lengthy periods of hospitalization during which victims often lose wages due to an inability to work. If it can be determined that the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, then a personal injury attorney could assist an injured victim in attempting to obtain compensation for those and other losses.

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