Waymo Autonomous Truck Accidents and Your Legal Rights as an Accident Injury Victim
The future is officially here, with the Google subsidiary Waymo offering self-driving trucks in Georgia. Although the new technology is promising for the self-driving trucks (also known as autonomous trucks), it cannot eliminate the dangers of the road. When Waymo’s self-driving trucks inevitably cause accidents, drivers and passengers injured in these accidents need to be able to enforce their legal rights to recovery.
The dedicated attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP understand the devastation that can be caused by a trucking accident. They also understand that Waymo self-driving trucks pose unusual legal challenges. In a traditional trucking accident, human error by the big rig driver is a common cause. But in a self-driving truck accident, the fault may fall on companies like Waymo that supply the equipment and programming for the vehicles. For injured drivers and passengers who fear they will not be able to sue a technology company like Waymo for their fair compensation, Parker Waichman LLP can guide them through the process and aggressively fight for their cause.
Waymo Autonomous Trucks on the Road in Georgia
In March 2018, Waymo announced its self-driving trucks had begun delivering cargo in the Atlanta area. Although the trucks have safe drivers on board as backup operators, they primarily operate in the self-driving mode, using cameras, sensors, and software to view and react to their driving environment. The autonomous trucks are being used to haul loads to Google’s various data centers in Georgia.
Waymo is one of several companies developing and operating self-driving vehicles throughout the nation. The ride-share company Uber announced in March 2018, days before Waymo’s announcement, that it was launching its own fleet of self-driving trucks in Arizona. For Uber, its trucks drive autonomously on the highway, with a human operator taking over for the last several miles of a delivery. And yet another company, Starsky Robotics, is operating autonomous trucks in Florida.
The hope of the self-driving technology is to make our roads safer and save lives by eliminating accidents caused by drunk driving, fatigue, and general human error. A self-driving or autonomous driving vehicle continually monitors its driving environment in a 360-degree range using digital cameras, lasers, and radar sensors. That information is then fed to the vehicle’s software, which controls the vehicle’s systems such as steering, throttle, and braking.
Accidents Involving Self-Driving Vehicles
The self-driving technology is still being developed, and there have been numerous instances of self-driving vehicles being involved in accidents. While many of these accidents have not been deemed to be the fault of the self-driving vehicle, the potential for harm exists. Waymo itself had one of its self-driving minivans involved in a crash in Arizona in May 2018. An Uber autonomous vehicle killed a pedestrian in March 2018. In fact, this incident caused Uber to suspend its autonomous trucking program in Arizona that same month, then ultimately shutter the program in July 2018.
With the current technology, Waymo autonomous trucks cannot interpret all potential hazards on the road, such as signs or directions from highway workers or police officers. There is also the potential for poor weather to interfere with the Waymo truck’s sensors. Drivers need to beware of the hazards of Waymo self-driven trucks, and they need to know their rights if they are caught in an accident caused by one.
You May be Able to Recover Compensation for Medical Bills, Pain and Suffering, and More if You Are a Victim in a Waymo Autonomous Truck Accident
Drivers and passengers injured in accidents caused by Waymo autonomous trucks have the same rights to compensation as any victims in trucking accidents, such as the following:
- Medical expenses. This includes the costs of hospital stays, surgeries and other medical procedures, medical devices, and prescription drugs.
- Rehabilitation or therapy expenses incurred to help the victim recover from injuries.
- Lost earnings. This includes past and future lost earnings, as well as lost work time.
- Pain and suffering that the victim suffers, both past and future, due to the mental anguish and physical injuries caused by the accident.
- Property damage. This might include the cost of repairing or replacing vehicles damaged in the accident.
- Loss of comfort and companionship, for relatives of victims killed in Waymo trucking accidents.
Do I Have Grounds to File an Accident Lawsuit for a Waymo Self-Driving Truck Accident?
Any trucking accident can cause catastrophic injury or death, so it is vital to know if there are grounds for a lawsuit to recover compensation. But with Waymo self-driving truck accidents, there are legal difficulties that do not arise in traditional trucking accidents. Waymo’s self-driving technology is designed to be more observant and responsive than a human driver, so many times the Waymo truck will not be at fault in the accident. The attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP can help determine whether Waymo’s truck caused the accident, potentially in one of the following ways:
- Waymo Software Failure: The Waymo software may have been improperly designed or experience some type of failure or glitch. We already know the Waymo trucks cannot sense signs or persons giving directions. Therefore, we do not know how they will respond to such things as stopped traffic and wreckage from an accident ahead of the truck, not to mention law enforcement and first responders who will be on the scene.
- Waymo Sensor or Camera Failure: A sensor or camera on the Waymo truck may also malfunction or be improperly designed. Inclement weather might negatively affect the sensor systems as well.
- Error Involving Human Backup Driver: The human backup operator on the Waymo truck may have made an error, such as paying insufficient attention and possibly failing to take control of the truck to avoid a collision. There is also the potential for the Waymo system to malfunction by not allowing the human driver to take control of the vehicle in time.
- Mechanical Failure: A mechanical failure of the Waymo truck could have caused the accident, possibly due to improper repairs or inadequate maintenance.
- Poor Loading: A Waymo truck that has been improperly loaded may be off balance and tip over in an accident, or the load may spill onto the road.
The Attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP Have the Expertise to Pursue Waymo for Injuries and Deaths Caused by Their Self-Driving Trucks
The aggressive legal advocates at Parker Waichman LLP understand the devastation that can result from a trucking accident. With catastrophic injury and even death all too common in accidents involving big rigs, victims in these accidents need to enforce their rights to financial recovery. For autonomous Waymo truck accidents, these victims also have to contend with going up against a huge tech company, which is defending itself against complex claims involving its own sophisticated technology. Fortunately, the attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP also have the necessary expertise to pursue claims against Waymo on behalf of self-driving truck accident victims.
The attorneys of Parker Waichman LLP have recovered over $2 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients, and we are ready to recover more money for victims of Waymo autonomous truck accidents. We have been winning significant awards for victims of trucking accidents for years, and we have had the same success in complicated product liability cases. In the emerging field of Waymo self-driving truck accident law, our firm is sure to be a leader in fighting for victims’ legal rights to compensation.
Your Initial Consultation with Parker Waichman LLP is Free
If you or a member of your family has been involved in a traffic accident involving a Waymo self-driving truck, contract Parker Waichman LLP today for your free consultation to discuss your case. The firm’s dedicated attorneys can thoroughly review the facts and circumstances of the accident with you and inform you of your legal rights. If it appears the Waymo self-driven truck was potentially at fault in your accident, Parker Waichman LLP will aggressively pursue your lawsuit to obtain a successful resolution for you. Contact Parker Waichman LLP about your Waymo autonomous truck accident today.
Your Time to Take Legal Action is Limited
You have legal limits on the amount of time you have to file your lawsuit, so do not delay in contacting Parker Waichman LLP to discuss your accident. Every state has time limitations on lawsuits known as statutes of limitation, or SOLs, that set time periods within which the lawsuit must be filed. If the lawsuit is filed after that time period has passed, the lawsuit will be considered “time-barred” and dismissed. For Waymo self-driving truck accidents, the SOL time would generally start from the date of the accident and be no more than a few years. In Georgia, for example, the personal injury SOL is currently two years from the date of injury.
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Call Parker Waichman LLP Now for a Free Consultation
If you have been injured or if you lost a loved one in an accident involving a Waymo autonomous truck, call Parker Waichman LLP at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-877-984-4522) now to discuss your legal rights. Your initial consultation is absolutely free, so call today.
Remember, time is limited to pursue your case. The statute of limitations in your state will determine your legal time limits, and you need an attorney on your side for crucial early investigation into the accident.
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