Personal Injury and Automatic Braking, Lane-Keeping Assistance, Self-Driving Cars, and More

State Laws and Judicial Decisions on Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Vehicles, Determining Liability

This program has been cancelled

A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

1:00pm-2:30pm EST, 10:00am-11:30am PST

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, January 25, 2019

This CLE webinar will guide counsel on how new automotive technology--lane-keeping assistance, self-parking, automatic braking, and, yes, self-driving cars--are impacting personal injury lawsuits. Our panelists will discuss these emerging technologies, the liability issues associated with them, and how courts have been addressing these issues.


When it comes to personal injury claims arising from an auto accident, determining which party is at fault is already challenging enough. In the case of semi-autonomous cars--or cars using lane-keeping assistance, self-parking, automatic braking features--it is even more difficult to determine the party responsible for the accident and the consequences.

The National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Society of Automotive Engineers have developed a scale to gauge the levels of driving automation with 0 indicating full control of the vehicle by the human driver and 5 being a fully autonomous vehicle. The scale puts the driver automation level of today's driverless cars at 2 and below, meaning that the driver of a vehicle with partial self-driving technology may be liable. Recent accidents have illustrated the problems with semi-autonomous cars.

Currently, 29 states have laws that deal with autonomous vehicles and their systems and the NHTSA released new guidelines for automated driving systems. Personal injury counsel must understand the applicable laws and guidelines to determine whether their client may be at-fault in an accident--even if using automated driving technology.

Listen as our authoritative panel guides personal injury attorneys in understanding how these emerging technologies impact liability in automobile accidents. The panel will discuss how state law has begun to deal with this issue and best practices in approaching a case where this technology is present.



  1. Overview of available automated driving technologies
  2. Impact of automated driving technology on liability in auto accidents
  3. Discussion of state law dealing with autonomous vehicles and systems
  4. Analysis of judicial decisions in personal injury cases involving autonomous vehicles and systems
  5. Best practices for personal injury counsel in advising clients where automated driving technology is at issue


The panel will review these and other relevant topics:

  • What are current automated driving technologies?
  • How do these technologies impact liability in automobile accidents?
  • How is state law handling these issues?
  • How are courts handling the issue of liability in cases involving automated driving technology?


Clark, Jeanine
Jeanine D. Clark

Margolis Edelstein

Ms. Clark focuses her practice in civil litigation defense and insurance litigation. She is experienced in handling a...  |  Read More

Palermo, Mario
Mario Palermo

Palermo Law Group

For the past 21 years, Mr. Palermo has dedicated his career to recovering full and fair compensation for injury victims...  |  Read More