Driverless cars v. someone actually at the wheel…what get’s your vote?!

Uber

There has been a lot of talk in the media recently about driverless technology being used in cars with the vision of perfect motoring and everyone travelling safely, orderly and without incident however the BBC have reported that Uber, the company behind a lot of the recent testing and development of driverless technology has suspended its trials in America following a crash, see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-39397211

Quite often when we’re driving we see others driving in a way that makes us wonder whether anyone in that car is actually paying attention to what is going on around them at all.

There are thousands of accidents each day ranging from the minor to the catastrophic. Each incident can bring with it issues that may require expert legal assistance to ensure the best outcome for those involved whether it be:

  • seeking recovery of the cost of the damage to your car;
  • seeking compensation for personal injuries for those within the vehicle or perhaps,
  • seeking representation at a police station and/or Court for road traffic offences arising from the incident itself.

Whatever the situation is that you find yourself in, information is the key. The more information that you can obtain about the incident the better prepared you will be to deal with it going forward.  Important things to remember are:

  • Always get the details of the other driver-name address, make, model, colour and registration of their car and their insurance details.
  • If possible and safe to do so, take photographs showing the vehicles in situ. In particular try to incorporate any helpful details for example: road markings, grass verges etc which you believe would assist you in explaining how the accident occurred/determining liability.
  • If there are no injuries sustained then the police are unlikely to attend the scene however, if anyone requires medical assistance or, the damaged cars are blocking the road and preventing the free flow of traffic or, the other driver does not remain at the scene or, if the other driver becomes aggressive and confrontational then you should telephone the police as soon as possible to report the incident and seek their assistance.
  • If the police are involved it is important to get the details of the investigating officer and which station they are from.

The collation of the above information will prove invaluable when it comes to progressing a claim or defending any action against you. In the event that you are involved in a road traffic collision and are unsure what to do make your first call to MTB where one of our team will be ready to provide you with the assistance you require.  We at MTB have the experience and expertise to ease you through what can be a traumatic experience and to ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome.  Call us today to arrange a free consultation.