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Google claims partial responsibility for car crash

Google hopes its self-driving cars will make driving safer in Texas and nationwide. However, for the first time, the company has admitted that one of its autonomous vehicles was partly at fault for causing a car accident.

On Feb. 14, a Lexus 450 hybrid SUV outfitted with Google's self-driving technology collided with a city bus in Mountain View, California. According to Google, the Lexus was preparing to make a right turn from the right lane of a city street when it veered into the center of the lane to avoid debris near a storm drain. A city bus behind it scraped the side of the Lexus. Both vehicles were traveling at low speeds, and no one was hurt in the incident.

Apparently, the test driver in the Lexus expected the bus to yield, and the bus driver expected the Lexus to yield. Google said such incidents happen all across America every day, but conceded the accident would not have occurred if their car had stayed in its lane. Google engineers will now program their self-driving cars to anticipate that buses and other large vehicles may not yield to smaller vehicles in similar scenarios. So far, Google cars have traveled over 1 million miles on U.S. roads in preparation for their market debut.

Car collisions can cause catastrophic injuries that take weeks or months to recover from. Some car crash victims may be left with permanent disabilities that require a lifetime of expensive medical care. A person who has been hurt in a car wreck caused by another party may want legal assistance in seeking compensation that covers current and future medical costs, loss of income, pain and suffering and other related damages.

Source: CNN Money, "Google's Self-Driving Car at Fault in Accident," Chris Isidore, Feb. 29, 2016

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