WILTON, CT – JANUARY 23, 2018 – Consumer law firm Lemberg Law has filed suit against General Motors for negligence in a crash involving a motorcyclist and a GM self-driving car. The filing, Nilsson vs. General Motors, notes that Mr. Nilsson was riding his motorcycle behind a self-driving Chevrolet Bolt when the driver “commanded the self-driving vehicle to change lanes to the left. Once the [Bolt] cleared the roadway, Mr. Nilsson proceeded to travel straight. However, at the same time, the self-driving vehicle suddenly veered back into Mr. Nilsson’s lane, striking Mr. Nilsson and knocking him to the ground.”
The lawsuit continues, “As a result of the crash, Mr. Nilsson suffered injuries to his neck and shoulder and…was forced to take disability leave from his work.” In alleging negligence on the part of General Motors, the complaint says that GM “owed [Mr. Nilsson] a duty of care in having its self-driving vehicle operate in a manner in which it obeys traffic laws and regulations. [GM] breached that duty in that its self-driving vehicle drove in such a negligent manner that it veered into an adjacent lane of traffic without regard for a passing motorist….”
According to Managing Attorney Sergei Lemberg, at least 18 car manufacturers are researching and developing driverless cars, 22 states have driverless car laws, and at least one traffic fatality has been attributed to self-driving cars. “As the number of driverless cars increases, integration with existing vehicles will become a growing cause of concern,” said Lemberg. “Automakers must ensure that self-driving cars have failsafe controls.”
Sergei Lemberg is a lawyer whose practice focuses on consumer law, class actions and personal injury litigation. He has been repeatedly recognized as the “most active consumer attorney” in the country. In 2020, Mr. Lemberg represented Noah Duguid in the United States Supreme Court in the case entitled Duguid v. Facebook. He is the author of Defanging Debt Collectors, a book that teaches consumers how to battle debt collectors and win.