Driving is an inherently dangerous activity. Even those who drive defensively at all times can find themselves put at risk of harm by those who are intoxicated, distracted, fatigued or otherwise negligent. Self-driving cars hope to reduce or eliminate this risk, but the truth of the matter is that it may be years before self-driving vehicles are the norm on our streets. Until then, even those who ride in these vehicles are susceptible to being injured in a serious car accident.
One need only look at a recent wreck in Pittsburgh to see an example. There, a self-driving Ford Fusion was t-boned by a box truck that ran a red light. The force of the impact was so severe that even though the car was struck on the passenger side, the back window was blown out. Two of the vehicle’s four occupants were taken to the hospital where they were treated for their injuries. Fortunately, these victims were released from the hospital in relatively quick fashion, meaning that their injuries may not have been as severe as they could have been.
There is still no word as to whether the driver of the box truck will face any criminal charges, but that may be only part of his or her legal troubles. After all, these victims may be able to file and succeed on a personal injury lawsuit against both the driver and his or her employer. If they are able to do so, then they may be awarded compensation for their damages, which may include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Human error will continue to cause devastating car accidents for the foreseeable future. Sadly, many of the injuries suffered in these wrecks can be completely avoided if errant drivers would simply act responsibly. Yet, many drivers continue to act negligently behind the wheel. When they cause an injurious accident, victims may want to seek legal assistance in filing a personal injury claim. Such an action could help with recovering compensation for their damages, while also obtaining a sense of justice and closure.