In the last few weeks many carmakers have announced they are developing self driving vehicle systems which will allow cars to “drive” for periods of time and under certain conditions without the need for human input, such as steering, braking, or accelerating, The foremost manufacturer in this field is Tesla, which will have a working system to its customers years ahead of any other manufacturer.
These systems will create an entirely new field of traffic, criminal, and civil law. Who will be responsible for an accident? How about a moving violation caused when the vehicle is in self driving mode? Can you get a DUI if the car is in control instead of you? The authorities may respond to all of these questions with a flat out “the driver is responsible” answer, but this is a new, unknown area of law and in court the government’s “simple” legal positions are made to be challenged.
If you find yourself facing such a violation, or the victim of an accident resulting from a self-driving vehicle malfunction, call my office from anywhere in the United States. We have experienced local counsel in your area and will work as a team to help with whatever self-driving vehicle violation you may be facing. I am a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney familiar with self driving systems since I myself own a self driving vehicle. Call me, Gabriel L. Grasso at 702-868-8866.