When a self-driving car is involved in an accident, the rush to judgment begins before the hubcaps stop rolling.

The blame game played out on Monday, when news was published of an accident the night before that had claimed the life of a 49-year-old woman who was walking her bike across a street in Tempe, Ariz.

At first it was unclear who, if anyone, was at fault.

“It’s very clear it would have been difficult to avoid this collision in any kind of mode (autonomous or human-driven) based on how she came from the shadows right into the roadway," Moir said.

It may take quite some time before we have any results.

“I don’t think anyone outside the NTSB is qualified to look at the facts and make conclusions,” says Alex Roy, an editor at large at thedrive.com and an award-winning rally race driver.

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