Brand

Free consultation
585-687-4425

Brand

Free consultation
585-687-4425

PLEASE NOTE: To protect your safety and in response to the recent COVID-19 safety measures, we are offering our clients the ability to meet with us via phone and video conferencing. We urge you to email or call our office to speak with us on how we can help you. We want you to know that we are here for you, and we will continue to meet our client’s needs, both new and existing, in the upcoming weeks.
Please reference the link below for a one-page factsheet from the CDC, which we find informative on the virus.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf
Moto
motor vehicle
accidents
Truck
Trucking
Accidents
Medi
medical
malpractice
Cont
construction
accidents
Cata
catastrophic
injuries
Prem
premises
liability

Self-driving cars may not be all they are cracked up to be

Picture this: You are headed to work. You have your coffee, your breakfast, your book to read. You hop in your car, set it to auto-pilot and sit back and relax. Your driverless car will transport you safely to work. It’s not quite science-fiction with flying saucers and hovercrafts–but are driverless cars really the wave of the future? Are they safe enough to “let go of the wheel.”

One company, one death

Tesla, arguably the company at the helm of the driverless car technology, found that maybe driverless cars are not quite ready for prime-time. In June of this year, a Canton, Ohio man lost his life when his driverless car–on auto-pilot–failed to detect an oncoming tractor trailer. The truck plowed into the car and killed the driver.

Tesla has not released information as to whether it was technological or driver error, but the incident raises the question: Can we get too comfortable behind the wheel of a car that supposedly drives itself? Will complacency and a false sense of security lead to more traffic deaths as people literally lose their grip on a machine that can cause life-threatening injuries when not properly operated?

Who is responsible?

It also raises the question of liability. If the scenario were different and the car had hit another car causing that driver’s death, who would be liable? If technology was to blame, can the driver be held responsible? Is there liability on the part of a driver for choosing to use “auto-pilot” rather than fully man the car himself? Are driver-less cars going to come with a “drive at your risk” disclaimer. And if that is the case, are other drivers at risk of being “unseen” to a computer?

New liability laws?

One thing is certain, liability will never be the same again. And, if past history is any reflection, new laws are probably not going to keep up with the new technology, but instead be implemented after the fact–when it is obvious what needs to be legislated. Laws will change though, and liability in a car crash will take on a whole new definition.

FindLaw Network
Study: Current safety tech could dramatically cut truck crashes

When you walk into a Rochester car dealership, salespeople will eagerly tell you about advanced safety systems standard in new vehicles or available as options. Among the safety features available in 2020 and 2021 models are forward-collision warning systems and...

Understanding New York’s contributory negligence law

When the English colonists began to establish formal legal systems in the New World, they copied many of the legal rules and institutions that prevailed in English courts. One rule that survived crossing the Atlantic was the so-called “contributory negligence” rule....

4 Special precautions to take when driving at night

Autumn's arrival brings with it changing colors, cooler temperatures and, unfortunately, more time spent driving in the dark. With shortening days combined with less visibility on the road and other factors such as fatigue or poor weather conditions, it's no wonder...

Evaluate My Case

Speak With One Of Our Attorneys Today About
Your Unique Situation.

Bradley Kammholz, Esq.

Meet Brad

JOSEPH A. ROSSI JR., ESQ.

Meet Joe