Automobile Accidents Without a Driver?: The Insurance Liability of Highly Automated Vehicles

By: Ashley Mitchell

I. Introduction

In March 2018, an Uber fatally struck Elaine Herzberg.[1]  This accident was extraordinary because the driver was not operating the vehicle at the time of the crash; it was in autonomous mode.[2]  This tragedy raises many questions about the future of cars without drivers.  For now, Uber has removed self-driving vehicles from the roads.[3]  But as we look to the future of cars without a driver, we must ask: what is the insurance liability when a crash occurs?

Every 5 seconds there is an automobile accident and ninety-four percent are caused by human error.[4]  Auto accidents can cause property damage that is costly to repair, and bodily injury, which generates medical bills.[5]  Auto insurance covers the cost of property damage and bodily injury and is mandated in forty-nine states.[6]  Highly automated vehicles (HAV) are designed to eliminate drivers and rely on an automation system, subsequently reducing human errors and the number of auto accidents.[7]  Yet, it is unclear if insurance will cover the cost of damages or if the manufacturer will be held liable when a highly automated vehicle is involved in an accident.  Legal liability is one of the biggest obstacles to widespread utilization of HAV technology.[8]
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SICKNESS IN HEALTHCARE? A CURE FOR ALICE’S ISSUES

By: Vincent Meyer

I. Introduction

The question individuals often ask is, “what protection does a patent provide?”  It is not a right to manufacture, or make a device.  Rather, it is a right to exclude others from capitalizing—in any way—on the claimed invention.[1]

Patents provide their owners with a limited monopoly, and in doing so, they provide an economic incentive for individuals and companies to innovate.[2]  However, there are limitations on what is patentable.  One such limitation is found in 35 U.S.C. § 101, which codifies subject matter eligibility (SME).[3]
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LEVERAGING DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY FOR MENTAL HEALTH RELATED ADA COMPLIANCE AND ACCOMMODATION IN THE WORKPLACE

By: Matthew R Lowe *

I. Overview

From its enactment in 1990 to present, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has undergone significant changes in how it is interpreted and applied.  Of particular note with regards to these changes is the focus on protection for individuals suffering from disabilities that are not just physical in nature.  Now more than ever, with the steady rise of mental health disorders in the U.S., understanding how the ADA might apply to those with mental health disorders is of vital importance.  Equally important is understanding how companies can effectively use technology to get ahead of potential liability in this area and yield additional benefits such as employee attraction, employee retention, decreased employee absenteeism, increased labor productivity, increased savings, and increased overall profits.
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