“Arguably, tort law is already able to deal with the losses resulting from self-driving technology. The usual course is that industrial innovation is followed by tort litigation based on flexible, common law legal principles. Those principles impose liability for negligence (failure to exercise care) or strict liability for harm caused by certain product defects. Exposure to tort liability creates incentives for product sellers and users to adopt measures that can minimize future harm by reducing activity levels or increasing precautions. Within limits, tort litigation provides a healthy check on market excesses.”
Vincent R. Johnson, J.D., is interim dean and Charles E. Cantú Distinguished Professor of Law at St. Mary’s University, San Antonio.
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From the Texas Trial Lawyers Association news release.