We’ve heard a lot about self-driving cars in the news these days. While automation can make our lives easier, technology isn’t perfect. As these vehicles become increasingly prevalent on our roads, it is essential to consider the potential risks associated with this new technology. If you or a loved one are facing injuries after an accident involving a self-driving car, it is essential to seek the help of a seasoned personal injury lawyer, like the attorneys at the Cullotta Bravo Law Group.
Based in the Greater Chicago and Aurora regions, our law firm has a well-established reputation for delivering outstanding legal representation to clients injured in accidents. Our team of experienced attorneys has the skills and resources necessary to help you navigate the complex legal landscape of self-driving car accidents.
Illinois State Law and Self-Driving Cars
If you’re injured in a self-driving car accident in Illinois, you may be entitled to compensation under the state’s product liability and personal injury laws. These laws apply to all vehicles, including self-driving cars, and are designed to protect the rights of individuals and ensure they receive the compensation they deserve.
Personal Injury Law
Illinois is an “at fault” state. This means that the driver who caused an accident will typically be responsible for any injuries or damages caused. If you’re injured in a car accident that was another driver’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your reasonable medical expenses, lost income, and other damages under the state’s personal injury laws (735 ILCS 5/2-1116). However, Illinois is also a “comparative fault” state, meaning if you were partially at fault, your percentage of fault might reduce the damages you can recover. These laws apply to all car accidents, regardless of whether the vehicle is self-driving. However, if a defect or programming flaw in a self-driving car caused your accident, you may be able to hold the manufacturer responsible in some cases.
Product Liability Law
Under Illinois law, car manufacturers can sometimes be held strictly liable for any injuries or damages caused by a defect in their products, even if they didn’t intend for the product to cause harm. In some cases, they may be held responsible for damages even if they took all reasonable precautions to prevent injury, and you won’t need to prove that the manufacturer was negligent. In the case of a self-driving car accident, the manufacturer of the vehicle, its parts, or software could potentially be held liable for any injuries or damages caused by a defect in the product.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and county and city authorities are responsible for maintaining the state’s roads and highways. This includes ensuring that roads are free from hazards and properly maintained to ensure the safety of all vehicles, including self-driving cars. Under the Illinois Highway Code (625 ILCS 5/1 et seq.), IDOT has a duty to keep the roads in a good state of repair and to provide adequate warnings of any road hazards. If a road hazard caused or contributed to a self-driving car accident, you could hold IDOT liable under the state’s road maintenance laws.
Investigating Your Case
Determining liability in self-driving car accidents can be challenging. Multiple parties may be responsible for the accident, including the car manufacturer, the software developers, and even your local government. The Cullotta Bravo Law Group has the experience and expertise necessary to hold all responsible parties accountable.
When you work with us, we will thoroughly investigate the details of your case to build a strong argument on your behalf. We will consult with experts in the field of self-driving car technology to help establish fault and liability. Our attorneys will also negotiate with insurance companies and other responsible parties to ensure you receive the best possible outcome.
Our team will leave no stone unturned as we work to build a case that protects your rights and interests. We will gather evidence, interview witnesses, and review all relevant documentation to determine the cause of the accident and identify all responsible parties.
Obtaining the Compensation You Deserve
Self-driving car accidents can result in serious injuries and significant financial losses. At The Cullotta Bravo Law Group, we are dedicated to helping you obtain the compensation you need to cover the costs of medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.
We understand that each case is unique, and we will work closely with you to develop a personalized legal strategy that meets your specific needs and goals. Whether you are dealing with the aftermath of a minor or major accident, we are here to help you through every step of the process.
Advocating for Your Rights
Insurance companies and other responsible parties often attempt to minimize their liability and avoid paying fair compensation. The Cullotta Bravo Law Group will not allow that to happen. We are aggressive advocates for our clients and will fight for your rights every step of the way.
Our attorneys have a proven track record of success in personal injury cases, and we will use our experience and expertise to help you obtain the results you deserve. Let us deal with the insurance company, manufacturers, or other responsible parties to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
The Legal Support You Need
If you or a loved one were involved in an accident involving a self-driving car, you will typically only have two years to file a lawsuit. That’s why it is essential to take action as soon as possible. Contact The Cullotta Bravo Law Group today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your legal rights and options. Our attorneys have the experience and dedication you need to obtain the results you deserve. Call us today at 630-225-8341 to get started.
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