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Regulating self-driving cars may be easier after recent crash

A recent car crash may cause stronger regulation for self-driving vehicles. A driver that failed to give right-of-way to a self-driving SUV caused the collision, causing the SUV to flip onto its side. Fortunately, the two test drivers riding in the vehicle did not suffer serious injuries. Police issued the other driver a citation. The self-driving program was quickly suspended in areas across the country.

Before the accident, regulators were already demanding greater transparency and reporting standards for the self-driving program. At this time, ride-sharing companies such as Uber only have to carry the minimum liability car insurance for self-driving vehicles. Furthermore, they do not have to keep records about accidents like the one mentioned above.

Following any car accident caused by another driver's negligence, you may be able to receive compensation. A Louisville attorney can review your case and help you on the road to recovering your losses.

Driver responsibility

While some states are openly inviting in self-driving vehicle pilot programs, other states are beginning to examine strict regulations for this and other ride-share options. At this time, if you are involved in a car accident due to another driver's negligence, you may be able to take legal action. This guidance applies to accidents with self-driving cars as well. Imagine if the roles were reversed in the accident above and the driverless SUV caused the crash while you were in the other vehicle. The driverless car company would be responsible for your injuries.

Kentucky insurance laws

Kentucky follows a no-fault insurance program for its drivers. This means that under your policy, you can claim up to $10,000 for personal injuries. The funds will cover your medical expenses, wages lost due to missing work, and any other expenses associated with the wreck. In order to claim a higher amount of reimbursement, you will have to purchase higher coverage limits. Part of the no-fault system is that you do not have to prove the other driver was at fault in order to receive compensation

Damages in excess

If your coverage does not provide sufficient compensation, you still might be able to file a claim against the driver that was at fault for the crash. However, one of several factors must exist for you to pursue a lawsuit. Your medical expenses must exceed $1,000 or your injuries must include a bone fracture. In cases of permanent injuries, disfigurement, or loss of normal function, you may also be able to sue.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to another driver's negligence, you may be entitled to file a claim for damages.

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