GM settles lawsuit with motorcyclist hit by self-driving car

General Motors agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a motorcyclist involved in a minor crash with one of its self-driving cars in San Francisco late last year, the automaker said on Friday.

Oscar Nilsson sued GM in U.S. District Court in January for negligence over a December 2017 crash in which he was injured.

The settlement, reported earlier by car-focused website Jalopnik, was filed on Wednesday. Lawyers said in the joint court filing they plan to finalize details by the end of June.

Nilsson’s suit claimed the self-driving GM Cruise “suddenly veered back” into Nilsson’s lane, striking him and knocking him to the ground.

GM’s report on the crash to California regulators said the car was operating in heavy traffic, when it saw a space between two vehicles in the left lane and began to merge. At the same time, a vehicle decelerated and the self-driving car stopped making the lane change and returned to the center lane.

As the Cruise was recentering itself, the motorcyclist that had just lane-split between two vehicles in the center and right lanes moved into the center lane, glanced the side of the Cruise, wobbled, and fell over, the report said. GM said a police report found Nilsson at fault for attempting to overtake and pass the Cruise, but Nilsson’s lawyer said he was not issued a citation in the incident.

Nilsson’s suit said he “suffered injuries to his neck and shoulder and will require lengthy treatment” and was required to take disability leave.



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