Criminal defense cases cover both criminal suits — charges brought by the government to punish an individual for an act classified as a crime — and civil suits — claims brought by individuals or organizations as a dispute over rights and duties.
The landscape of personal injury claims is already changing with the advent of self-driving cars, as well as the gaining popularity of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. However, even though it’s close, the future is still not completely here. While it’s inevitable that more and more accident injury claims will be directed toward auto manufacturers instead of individuals, and that technology will continue to play more and more of a role in personal injury lawsuits, it appears we still have some time before self-driving cars become truly mainstream. In addition to other hurdles facing manufacturers, there continue to be potential kinks in technology that might need working out, as illustrated in a recent article by David Z. Morris that was published online by Fortune Magazine describing a study showing how simple stickers could create significant problems for self-automated vehicles:
Regardless, the future is fast approaching. Ride-sharing services, interstate transport companies and even companies such as Domino’s Pizza are already making plans for the use of self-driving vehicles. Attorneys and lawmakers need to begin preparing for what happens when the kinks are finally worked out.