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Lucky man survives trip with car locked at 125 MPH

We try to provide you with a little context before we jump into a story on this blog. But in this case, we just have to come right out and say it: in one of the more bizarre car-accident-related stories you will ever hear, a man's vehicle experienced some, shall we say, "technical difficulties," and suddenly sped up to 125 miles per hour before locking at that speed.

The car careened down highways and roads for the next hour at that breakneck speed before it ran out of fuel. The driver then swerved it into a ditch, where it finally came to a rest after a horrifying experience that surely left the man with an appreciation for life.

You may be thinking "what in the world happened?" And the long and short of it is: nobody knows, at least not yet. The man is in the process of suing the manufacturer of his vehicle, Renault. That lawsuit will help to shed some light on the defect that occurred in the car.

Obviously, there is a product liability case to be made here, and it is important to note even for those who have endured a much more "run of the mill" car accident. Mechanical problems in a vehicle can cause a crash, and that defect could be traced back to negligence on the part of the vehicle's manufacturer.

However, there is also a point to be made about driverless cars. As many Anchorage residents are probably aware, self-driving vehicles are currently being tested and could be the future of driving. They rely on GPS systems and external sensors to safely navigate the roads. But what happens if they break? The liability concerns surrounding these autonomous vehicles will be of utmost importance should they gain wider acceptance.

Source: The Atlantic, "This Guy's Car Got Stuck at 125mph -- for an Hour," Megan Garber, Feb. 13, 2013

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