Self-Driving Vehicle Strikes And Injures Motorcyclist
They have seen this before in Arizona – self-driving or autonomous vehicles causing injuries or deaths. Now another incident has occurred. Last week, an 18-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a Waymo self-driving car accident
If you are not familiar with Waymo, it is the self-driving car wing of Alphabet, Google’s parent company. A safety driver was behind the wheel of the vehicle when the accident happened and had actually just taken control of the vehicle to avoid what they thought was going to be a dangerous situation.
As the vehicle was driving along in autonomous mode, the driver noticed a vehicle to the left make a sudden movement and took over driving. They swerved to the right, but in doing so, hit a motorcycle that was passing.
Oddly enough, Waymo said in a statement that, had the driver left the vehicle in autonomous mode the accident likely would not have happened thanks to 360-degree cameras.
At Lorona Mead, this is just one more thing that motorcycle riders across the state need to be wary of, as they face many dangers on a daily basis. If you need a Phoenix motorcycle accident attorney, you can count on their team to be by your side, working to secure the compensation you need.
What Can Happen?
For the latest reporting year for Arizona, 2017, there were nearly 3,000 motorcycle accidents Out of those:
- There were 156 fatalities
- There were 2,413 injuries
Nearly all motorcycle accidents resulted in some kind of injury or a fatality.
Because, motorcyclists are vulnerable during an accident. Even riders who wear a helmet can sustain major injuries. It is not uncommon for a motorcycle accident victim to sustain:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Other head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Severe lacerations or road rash
- Broken or dislocated bones
All of these injuries will require immediate and extensive medical interventions. Often, surgery and long-term rehabilitation are required. Many times, motorcyclists suffer permanent disabilities.
Why They Happen
They know that drivers who are impaired by drugs or alcohol pose more danger on the road than anyone else. They often fail to notice or slow down before an accident happens. Nearly as bad are drivers who are distracted by their phones, other devices, or other people inside of the vehicle. Speeding and aggressive driving is also dangerous for motorcyclists.
When someone else’s negligent driving behavior causes harm, you need to know where to turn so that you are not financially burdened by the expenses.
What You Can Do Now
Do not wait to seek legal assistance if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence. At Lorona Mead, their experienced team will work with you to recover the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses. This can include coverage for medical bills, lost income if you miss work, as well as pain and suffering damages. When you need a Phoenix motorcycle accident attorney, you can contact them for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 602-388-1025.