Self-driving vehicles may be the new frontier for American drivers, but they can still be involved in serious accidents. As more and more of these cars hit the roads, motorists may find themselves involved in dangerous crashes with autonomous vehicles.

Proponents of self-driving vehicles argue that the technology may reduce the number of accidents, injuries and fatalities on American roadways. The technology that makes vehicles autonomous is very sophisticated and goes through rigorous testing. However, a recent accident in Arizona indicates that self-driving vehicles may still be involved in crashes.

Another accident in Arizona

The accident involved a Google-owned van that was equipped with autonomous technology. A car that was driven by a human swerved to avoid another car, crashing into the van. Both vehicles sustained serious damage: Pieces of the van and car were scattered across a lengthy stretch of road.

The van was not in autonomous mode during the accident; rather, it was under the manual control of its human driver. Nevertheless, the incident shows that vehicles that are equipped with self-driving capabilities may still be involved in serious accidents and contribute to injuries or fatalities.

Recently, another accident in Arizona resulted in a woman’s death. The victim, a pedestrian, was crossing a stretch of road when an autonomous vehicle struck her. The victim’s family has not yet filed a wrongful death lawsuit, but they may very well have grounds for one.

Self-driving cars and injuries

Any victim who has been injured in a car accident involving a self-driving vehicle has legal options. It is often possible to recover compensation for their medical bills, lost wages and other damages.

One way to do this is through a personal injury lawsuit against the vehicle’s manufacturer or the driver who was controlling the car. Civil action can spur auto manufacturers or the makers of autonomous technology ensure that their vehicles are safe for all motorists. It can also hold irresponsible drivers accountable for the damage inflicted on victims.