Melissa Chastang Quoted by Law360 on Questions of Liability for Self-Driving Cars

In its article “3 Questions About Self-Driving Car Liability,” Law360 has quoted Akin Gump litigation associate Melissa Chastang discussing some of the challenges of discovering who is liable when a self-driving vehicle is involved in an accident.

According to the article, much of how liability will be defined will be sorted out as lawsuits get filed and litigated and regulators develop new rules for designing or operating self-driving cars. Chastang said, “There are tricky nuances to that, and we’re still very early in litigation case law. Obviously, we have a large body of product liability precedent but not specific to this kind of technology.”

Another big question for industry stakeholders, Chastang noted, is how a technology developer or vehicle manufacturer can limit their potential liability when someone gets hurt in a self-driving car situation.