What Happens If You Get In An Accident With A Self-Driving Truck?

If you've been in an accident with a self-driving truck, there are a lot of things that are the same as any other truck or car accident. However, there are also a few things that affect how you can win your truck accident case. Here's what you need to know.

What Are Your Rights After a Self-Driving Truck Accident?

If you've been injured in an accident with a self-driving truck, you have the same rights as any other accident. If the truck was at-fault, you have the right to full compensation for everything you lost. That includes repairing or replacing your car, your medical bills, your lost wages if you missed time from work, and all other expenses related to the accident. You can receive compensation from the truck's insurance company, from settling with the trucking company, or by filing a lawsuit if necessary.

How Can a Self-Driving Truck Be At-Fault in an Accident?

You may think that robots are supposed to be perfect and can't make mistakes that lead to the type of accidents that are frequently caused by human error. That couldn't be further from the truth. First, self-driving technology is still very new. It still can't handle every type of driving situation, and there are still many bugs to be worked out. Second, even old technology can encounter errors and failures. Finally, even if the computer is working properly, the truck can still have a mechanical failure like poorly maintained brakes or a broken steering connection.

How Do You Prove Fault in a Self-Driving Truck Accident?

The good news is that it can actually be easier to prove fault in a self-driving truck accident. That's because self-driving trucks are loaded with cameras, sensors, and computers that record everything they do. You can find out exactly where the truck was on the road, how fast it was going, and when it made a move. Even if the truck company doesn't want to share this data with you, you're entitled to get it once your attorney files a lawsuit and starts the legal discovery process.

Further, you still have all of the traditional ways of proving an accident claim. You might have your own dash camera, and you can call any witnesses who saw the accident. The police will also use standard techniques like examining where the damage was and measuring skid marks.

If you've been in an accident with a self-driving truck, contact a truck accident attorney today.