Navigating through the aftermath of a car accident is always challenging, but when the accident involves a self-driving vehicle, it introduces a whole new dimension of complexity. If you’ve been involved in an accident with an autonomous vehicle in St. Petersburg, Florida, you may be wondering where to turn and who can be held responsible. That’s where our team of dedicated self-driving car accident attorneys comes in. 

With a deep understanding of the evolving laws and regulations around autonomous vehicles, we can help you understand your rights, determine liability, and fight for the compensation you deserve. Our experienced legal team is here to guide you every step of the way, from the initial consultation to the final verdict or settlement. Don’t let the sophistication of autonomous technology deter you from seeking the justice you deserve.

To consult with a St. Pete self-driving car accident attorney, call (727) 325-5155 or schedule a free case evaluation. We provide a no-cost, no-obligation case evaluation.

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Why Should You Choose The Ruth Law Team?

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We have over four decades of experience representing self-driving car accident victims in St. Petersburg, FL, and throughout the state.

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Our Self-Driving Car Accident Case Results

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Car Accident Trial Verdict

In May 2019, a Pinellas County jury awarded our client $1.795 million after her car accident in which she suffered injuries to her neck resulting in surgery.
$160,000

Settlement for Pedestrian Hit After Car Runs Stop Sign

Settlement to our client after being hit by a car which ran a stop sign.
$100,000

Settlement Obtained for Client in a Head-On Crash

We obtained a $100,000 settlement for a client who was hit head on by an uninsured driver. She went to the hospital where she was treated for a concussion and bruising as well as hip,… read more?
$800,000

To Man’s Family After Tragic Loss Due To Motorcycle Collision With Road Debris

A 37 year-old man was riding his motorcycle on I-275 in Tampa, Florida when he struck a wood pallet causing him to be thrown up in the air before hitting… read more?
$35,000

Passenger Injured in Drunk Driving Accident

We were able to settle this case for the full insurance policy limits on this case. Our client was a passenger in a vehicle when a DUI driver pulled out in front of them. This… read more?
$150,000

Settlement for a Bicyclist Struck by an SUV

We secured a $150,000 settlement for a client who was struck by an SUV while riding her bicycle. Our client was initially scared, confused, and physically hurting. We were honored to hold her hand through… read more?
$100,000

Settlement For Motorcycle Accident in Pasco

Motorcycle riders are more vulnerable to distracted drivers on the road. Our client was in a medically induced coma for three weeks after a motorcycle crash in Pasco County. He endured several fractures in his… read more?
$275,000

Driver Rear Ended While Stopped in Traffic

Verdict of $275K obtained for a driver rear ended at high rate of speed while stopped in traffic for a school bus. Our client sustained significant injury to his knee, resulting in surgery as well… read more?
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Vehicle Struck by Commercial Truck

Amount recovered for car accident victim who was severely injured when her vehicle was hit by a commercial truck that crossed over into her lane. She experienced permanent neck, jaw and shoulder injuries and had… read more?

NOTE: Client may not obtain the same or similar results.

Common Self-Driving Car Accident Injuries

While autonomous vehicles such as Teslas are designed with advanced safety features to reduce accidents, collisions (including head on collisions and rear end collisions) still happen and can result in a wide range of injuries. Here are some common injuries that might be sustained in a self-driving car accident:

  • Whiplash: Rapid acceleration and deceleration can cause the head and neck to whip back and forth, potentially resulting in soft tissue injuries.
  • Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs): These can occur if the head hits a hard surface or object during the accident.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: From minor back strain to serious damage that leads to paralysis, the impact of a collision can cause significant harm to the spine.
  • Broken Bones: The force of a crash can cause fractures in the arms, legs, ribs, and other parts of the body.
  • Lacerations and Abrasions: Flying debris, broken glass, and other objects can lead to cuts and scrapes.
  • Internal Injuries: The impact of an accident can cause internal bleeding or damage to organs, which may not be immediately apparent.
  • Psychological Trauma: In addition to physical injuries, accidents can also lead to mental health challenges, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression.

These injuries can result in significant medical costs, lost wages, and other hardships. If you’ve been injured in a self-driving car accident in St. Pete, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you pursue compensation.

Call us at (727) 325-5155 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.

Potential Damages Available to St. Pete Self-Driving Car Accident Victims

If you’ve been involved in an accident with a self-driving car and choose to pursue a case, the potential compensation can vary depending on the specific details of your case. However, here are some categories of damages you might be able to recover:

  • Medical Expenses: This can include the cost of ambulance services, emergency room visits, hospital stays, surgeries, rehabilitation, physical therapy, prescription medications, and any necessary medical equipment.
  • Future Medical Costs: If your injuries require ongoing medical treatment, you may be awarded compensation to cover these future costs.
  • Lost Wages: If you cannot work while recovering from your injuries, you can seek compensation for your lost income during this period.
  • Loss of Earning Capacity: If your injuries have resulted in a long-term or permanent disability affecting your income, you can seek compensation for future lost wages.
  • Pain and Suffering: This refers to the physical pain and emotional distress you’ve suffered due to the accident. Quantifying this can be challenging, but it’s a significant part of many claims.
  • Property Damage: You can be reimbursed for the repair or replacement costs of any personal property damaged in the crash, including your vehicle.
  • Punitive Damages: In cases where the responsible party’s behavior is particularly reckless or negligent, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar behavior in the future.

Remember, every case is unique, and the potential compensation will depend on the specifics of your situation. It’s crucial to consult with an experienced St. Petersburg injury attorney who can guide you through the process and advocate for your best interests.

Next Steps After an Accident

When you’ve been involved in a collision with a Tesla or other self-driving vehicle, taking the right steps in the aftermath can significantly impact your ability to file a claim and secure compensation for your damages successfully. Here’s what you should do:

  1. Prioritize Safety: Your immediate safety and that of others involved in the accident is paramount. If it’s safe, move to a secure location away from traffic.
  2. Call for Help: Dial 911 to report the accident and request medical assistance. Even if injuries aren’t immediately apparent, it’s crucial to get checked over by a medical professional.
  3. Document the Scene: Take photos and videos of the accident scene from various angles, capturing the damage to all vehicles involved, the condition of the roadway, weather conditions, and any traffic signs or signals nearby.
  4. Gather Information: Collect the details of any other drivers involved in the accident, their insurance company, any witnesses, and the self-driving vehicle’s operator or owner. For the autonomous vehicle, note the make, model, license plate number, and any company logos or identifiers.
  5. Retain an Attorney: Given the complexities involved in accidents with autonomous vehicles, it’s wise to consult with a lawyer experienced in self-driving car accidents. They can guide you through the claims process, help determine liability, and advocate for your best interests.

Remember, it’s crucial to follow these steps promptly after the accident. It can be easy to forget details in the chaotic aftermath, but these actions can provide crucial evidence should you decide to pursue a legal claim. The more information you have, the stronger your case can be.

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Should I Talk to the Insurance Company?

Speaking with an attorney before discussing the accident with any insurance company is generally advisable. The insurance company’s goal (both yours and the other driver’s) is to minimize their payout, and they may use your statements against you.

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Additional Self-Driving Car Accident Resources

How much will my self-driving accident settlement be?

Despite our long history of recovering fair settlements for our clients, we cannot guarantee a specific outcome in your case. With that being said, the defense team will take notice when you have The Ruth Law Team in your corner. To date, we have obtained over $100 million in jury verdicts alone for our clients. We have recovered $65 million in vehicle accident cases alone since 2014. At its... read more?

Does it matter if the vehicle was altered?

If the vehicle owner disabled any essential safety equipment for their self-driving vehicle, then the manufacturer may be cleared from any liability. However, these actions also enhance the liability of the vehicle owner. Self-driving vehicles are more complex than traditional automobiles. For this reason, our team may need to request an independent inspection of the vehicle during the... read more?

Who is liable for my accident?

Every vehicle crash is unique. Accidents involving self-driving cars are even more complex than a standard crash. If you have gotten into such an accident, speak with a self-driving car accident lawyer like those at The Ruth Law Team. During our review of your incident, we will strive to identify any parties who may have contributed to the crash. This may include the vehicle owner, manufacturer,... read more?

Contact Our Self-Driving Car Accident Attorneys

If you’ve been involved in an accident with a self-driving car, it’s crucial to have a team of experienced attorneys on your side who understand the complexities of this emerging area of law. The Ruth Law Team is here to provide you with the legal guidance and support you need. We’re committed to helping you navigate this challenging time, armed with an in-depth understanding of the evolving laws surrounding autonomous vehicles. We will fight diligently to secure the maximum compensation you deserve and protect your rights. Don’t hesitate to contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case by calling (727) 325-5155.

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