Miami Self-Driving Car Accident Lawyers
Autonomous Vehicle Accidents in Florida
Autonomous vehicles are still relatively new, but they are becoming more and more popular. Unfortunately, with that growing popularity comes an increased number of motor vehicle accidents involving self-driving cars.
Maybe a self-driving vehicle struck your car while traveling at a higher rate of speed than it should have been, or perhaps a part of the driverless car malfunctioned, causing it to crash. In any case, you may need legal representation to get the most out of your car accident lawsuit.
At Fischer Redavid PLLC, we are dedicated to assisting individuals and families overcome the trauma of these types of accidents so they can rebuild their lives. We’ll work diligently to build a powerful self-driving car accident lawsuit on your behalf so you can seek the compensation you need to move forward with your life. We are experienced in these complex car accident cases and know how to navigate the legal system on your behalf.
Does PIP Cover Self-Driving Vehicle Accidents in Florida?
While Florida’s no-fault insurance system offers limited coverage to drivers and occupants of vehicles involved in collisions, regardless of who is at fault, coverage does not extend to occupants of self-driving cars. In fact, the law specifically excludes occupants of self-propelled vehicles from personal injury protection (PIP) coverage.
What does this mean for your case? It means that you will likely need to bring a negligence-based claim against another person or party in order to recover compensation for your damages. To do this, you will need to prove that someone else was at fault for the accident; then, you can bring a personal injury claim against the liable party for damages.
Who Is to Blame When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?
One of the main issues with self-driving car accidents is that establishing fault is much more of a challenge. After all, there is no one operating the vehicle in a traditional sense. However, in almost all cases, a person is present in the autonomous vehicle at the time of the crash; they just aren’t driving.
Maybe the software operating the vehicle malfunctioned, causing the car to crash. Perhaps there was even an issue with the car itself, like a bad set of brakes. In these cases, manufacturers might be liable for your accident.
Depending on the specific details of your situation, the following parties could be partly or entirely liable for damages following a self-driving vehicle accident:
- The owner or occupant of the self-driving car
- The manufacturer of the self-driving car
- The manufacturer of a defective component or system
For now, there are far too many extenuating factors that could contribute to autonomous car accidents to determine exactly who is at fault for your accident, but your attorney can thoroughly investigate the crash and gather witness statements and expert testimony in order to figure out who could be compelled to cover your losses.
Losses You May Be Able to Recover in Your Self-Driving Car Lawsuit
Just as with any other car accident, when you file a personal injury lawsuit, the hope is to collect full compensation for every single loss you have endured due to the accident. This should include both your economic and nonfinancial losses.
Your economic, or monetarily focused, damages might consist of things like:
- Medical expenses and equipment as they relate to your injuries
- Related housekeeping and childcare expenses
- Loss of income and diminished earning capacity
- The costs of repairing or replacing your vehicle
Nonfinancial losses, also known as non-economic damages, consist of other losses you’ve undergone that have no set monetary value. Such damages might include:
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship and love
- Scarring and/or disfigurement
- Emotional distress
At Fischer Redavid PLLC, our Miami self-driving car accident lawyers help injured victims seek maximum compensation for their losses. We understand just how difficult this time is for you and your family, which is why we offer compassionate, client-focused representation and personalized attention throughout the legal process.
When to Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
Even after having been injured in an accident with an autonomous vehicle, you’d be surprised how many accident survivors like yourself are still unsure whether they should reach out to an attorney. There are a couple of ways you can tell that you should, at the very least, discuss your legal options with a lawyer.
The first is if your injuries have had a negative impact on your life in some way. Maybe you have astronomical medical expenses to cover, or perhaps you are struggling to cope with the emotional trauma of the accident. Maybe you are struggling to keep up with everyday expenses as a result of being out of work due to your injuries. If this sounds like what you’re going through, you may need to contact a qualified lawyer.
The other way to tell you should consult an attorney is if someone else is to blame for the accident. In fact, establishing culpability on the part of another is the only way your claim could be a success. If you are unsure whether someone else is liable, this can be discussed during your free consultation.
We encourage you to act quickly, as you only have four years from the date of the accident to file a car accident lawsuit in Florida. While this may seem like a long time, it becomes increasingly difficult to build your case as time goes on. Critical evidence can be lost, and memories can fade, which can make it much harder to prove your case. Additionally, though you have four years to file a lawsuit, you likely have much less time to file an insurance claim after the crash. Most insurance policies require claimants to file claims within a few days to a couple of weeks.
The sooner you contact our Miami self-driving car accident attorneys, the sooner we can begin gathering evidence, working with expert witnesses, and developing innovative legal strategies aimed at maximizing your recovery.
Reach Out to a Self-Driving Car Accident Lawyer at Fischer Redavid PLLC Today
Would you like to discuss the individual details of your self-driving car accident lawsuit with a qualified attorney at Fischer Redavid PLLC? If so, we invite you to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation so we can learn more about your case. We offer our legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not owe any legal fees unless we recover a settlement or verdict for you.