Liability Issues Concerning Self-Driving Vehicles

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract This article deals with the civil liability issues that arise when self-driving vehicles are admitted to our streets. Firstly, it is explained why strict liability regimes for the vehicle holder, which are in place in several jurisdictions across Europe, are a workable foundation for ensuring compensation of the victim. However, accidents caused by highly automated vehicles will raise the question of the manufacturer’s liability for a defective product. Accordingly, this article examines the effects of the circumstance that accidents occurring with self-driving cars will no longer be caused by misconduct of the human driver, but often rather by a system malfunction. Thirdly, it is argued that preferably the manufacturer should be the risk bearer and that this shift in liability towards the manufacturer will result in an adequate allocation of liability.
Authors Lohmann, Melinda Florina
Journal or Publication Title European Journal of Risk Regulation : EJRR
Language English
Subjects social sciences
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed No
Date February 2015
Publisher Lexxion-Verl.
Volume 7
Number 2
Page Range 335-340
ISSN 1867-299X
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Melinda Florina Lohmann
Date Deposited 16 Sep 2016 10:45
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Lohmann, Melinda Florina (2015) Liability Issues Concerning Self-Driving Vehicles. European Journal of Risk Regulation : EJRR, 7 (2). 335-340. ISSN 1867-299X

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