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A Ray of Hope in the Tragic Crash Carrying Brazilian Soccer Team

A nation, indeed the world, mourns the loss of nearly an entire professional soccer team in the horrifying crash into a mountainside as the aircraft apparently ran out of fuel on its way to a South American tournament in Columbia, just five miles from the airport. Electrical failure also is being investigated in the early days as experts search for clues to the cause of the crash.

Bob Clifford Speaks at Northwestern University Law School on Social Media and its Effect on Complex Litigation

Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, recently spoke at Northwestern University Law School on social media and its effect on complex litigation. 

When self-driving cars cause accidents, who is liable?

If one is to believe the media, self-driving cars aren't a matter of if; they are a matter of when. In recent years, domestic and foreign automakers, transportation companies like Uber and Lyft, and even technology companies like Google have invested many millions in self-driving technology. While self-driving technology seems inevitable to many, there are still many questions on how self-driving vehicles would fit into American roads and highways.

Automakers, the government, insurance companies and other entities must be ready to answer many questions. The most important of these questions is: Who is responsible when a self-driving car causes an accident? There needs to be clear laws as to liability before self-driving cars become a common part of our roads.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), roughly 94 percent of motor vehicle accidents are caused by driver error. If self-driving cars operate in the way their makers intend, car accident injuries and deaths would drop dramatically. On the other hand, when accidents happen, the responsible party must be held liable for the victims' medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and other damages.

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