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Driverless Car Accident Leads to Personal Injury Lawsuit Against GM

Driverless Car Accident Leads to Personal Injury Lawsuit Against GM

For more information, please contact The Ahearne Law Firm, PLLC at (845) 986-2777 for an initial consultation and case evaluation.

As reported in prior blogs, though road maintenance and alcohol-related crashes are two of the more common sources of traffic accidents to be aware of when traveling New York City, Long Island, Orange County and Hudson Valley roads, recent news about crashes involving driverless cars, also referred to as self-driving or autonomous, are prompting policymakers and lawyers to address the issue of driver, passenger and pedestrian injuries.

According to a recently filed lawsuit, an accident between a self-driving 2016 Chevrolet Bolt and a motorcyclist has caused a personal injury lawsuit to be filed against General Motors. The plaintiff, Oscar Willhelm Nilsson, claims he was riding the motorcycle in December 2017 behind the autonomous Chevy Bolt when the car changed lanes to the left, leaving the plaintiff free and clear to proceed forward in the open lane. However, the self-driving Chevy Bolt allegedly veered back into Nilsson’s lane and hit the motorcycle, knocking the plaintiff and bike to the ground. Manuel DeJesus Salazar was in the driver’s seat of the autonomous Chevy Bolt with his hands off the steering wheel. The plaintiff claims he suffered injuries to his neck and shoulder that will require long-term treatment, and was forced to take disability leave from his work.

GM claims the motorcycle merged into the lane of the Chevy Bolt before it was safe to do so, and notes that the police report says the incident was Nilsson’s fault for passing a vehicle when it wasn’t safe to do so. In a report made by GM, it claims the Chevy Bolt was operating in autonomous mode in heavy traffic and traveling in the center of three one-way lanes. GM’s report says the Chevy Bolt was doing 12 mph and the motorcycle was traveling about 17 mph when the collision occurred. The Bolt allegedly found a space between two vehicles in the left lane and began to merge into that lane, but one of those vehicles immediately decelerated. Sensing that its gap was closing, the Chevy Bolt allegedly stopped making its lane change and returned fully to the center lane when “a motorcycle that had just lane-split between two vehicles in the center and right lanes moved into the center lane” glanced the side of the Bolt, wobbled and fell over.

Please see our other driving-related blog posts:

Car Accidents & Pedestrian Safety

Car Accident Injury

What To Do After a Car Accident

New York DWI Penalties

Driverless Cars: Product Liability & Safety Considerations

Orange County Adopts Policy to Comply With New York Complete Streets Act

Rear End Car Accidents, Whiplash & Personal Injury

NTSB Aims to Reduce Speeding-Related Crashes


Road Accidents & Crashes

New York Court of Appeals Upholds DMV’s Drunk Driving Regulations

Driverless Car Accident Liability

Distracted Driving Accident

Bicycle & Car Accident

Rear End Automobile Accidents

Side Impact Collision

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