Subrogation lawyers Jason Sullivan and Rebecca Wright presented on the cutting-edge topic of “Driverless Cars and Damages: Subrogation in a New Era”. The session focused on rapidly-developing car automation technology, its potential impact on driver safety, and how it will affect the subrogation industry. As driverless cars become an impending reality, subrogation involving autonomous vehicles is a new and constantly-changing field. 

How Do Driverless Vehicles Effect Subrogation Pursuit in Motor Vehicle Incidents? 

Sullivan and Wright discuss what it means for auto insurance subrogation as more tortfeasors in auto incidents become car manufacturers instead of individuals. With autonomous vehicles, the human tortfeasor in a traditional vehicle accident is now a non-material computer program with a long and complicated chain of custody. This means that, where typical auto subrogation investigation deals primarily with human error, now you instead must factor in car and software design, creation, testing, circumstances of the incident, possible liability of the other party, and more. 

The increased complexity, with the right counsel, can often be an opportunity, as more parties involved in a case means more possible avenues to recover damages for your client. Proper subrogation case management in claims involving autonomous vehicles requires experienced, subrogation-focused attorneys who stay on the front end of the complications that ever-evolving technology present to the subrogation process. 

Skilled Attorneys, Tireless Advocates: Promoting Education on Subrogation 

At Rathbone Group, Sullivan and Wright lead the charge in pursuing and disseminating the latest information on important topics in insurance law that help subrogating counsel better serve their clients. They are also both regular hosts on our YouTube series, On Subrogation, a free educational resource for subrogation professionals.If you would like us to present this information to your group, reach out to us at [email protected]. You can also visit our YouTube channel and podcast libraryfor a complete collection of On Subrogation. Have a topic in mind we haven’t yet covered? Reach out at [email protected] or [email protected] to see your question covered in a future episode!