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Automated cars and accident fault in New York

Automated cars are expected to become far more available to residents of New York and around the country in the next few years. Google has been testing its fleet of self-driving cars for a while, and Mercedes-Benz has already introduced a car that has semi-autonomous features. Tesla has also just recently launched a beta test of its self-driving automobiles, and there are rumors that Apple may start to work on an automated vehicle as well.

One of the reasons for the push for automated vehicles is that the majority of car accidents are caused by driver error. It is believed that over 90 percent of crashes are due to people making a mistake behind the wheel, so the more automated cars on the road, the less likely that accidents are to occur.

However, some accidents are unavoidable and not attributable to human error. In these cases, even self-driving cars would end up in a crash. Therefore, the question of who would be responsible for an accident involving an automated car has come up. Some of the auto manufacturers who have projects related to self-driving cars, including Google, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz, have said that the they will take responsibility for these collisions.

Determining who is to blame for a car accident can be important, even if everyone involved in a crash has insurance coverage. The amount that an insurance company will pay for medical costs or vehicle repairs sometimes depends on who is at fault. If an injured victim is seeking compensation after an accident, identifying the party or parties that should bear responsibility is necessary. A lawyer for an injured victim might review the accident investigation report and other evidence in order to make this determination.

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