Florida Law Allowing Driverless VehiclesPosted April 13, 2018 in Firm News
Driverless vehicles seemed like something of the future to many but it can become a reality in Florida sooner than expected. State senator Jeff Brandes started a legislation in 2012 that made it legal for driverless vehicles to operate in Florida. More bills followed that removed the need for a human to be in the car at all. Brandes believes this is “the future of mobility and transportation”.
However, last month Uber stopped driverless vehicle testing when one of its cars struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. Many critics believe Florida is rushing into having this technology prematurely on the roads.
Brandes and other lawmakers have laid the groundwork to make Florida appealing to the companies that are building and testing these driverless vehicles. We can expect to see more autonomous cars being tested throughout the state, even delivering pizza.
The Florida Justice Association, a trial lawyer advocacy group, has lobbied for strong accountability language in future legislation to make it clear who is responsible when a driverless vehicle is in a crash. Regardless if you are involved in an accident with another driver or a driverless car, assess the situation the same way and call us for a free consultation to discuss your case at