Stamford personal injury attorney Adam Blank has been appointed to a new state task force that will study Connecticut’s potential for the public use of self-driving cars.
Blank, a partner at Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin & Kuriansky, will be one of 11 members of the state’s Task Force to Study Fully Autonomous Vehicles, established by Public Act 17-69, passed June 5. Joining the team will be heads of relevant state departments, including the Department of Motor Vehicles and Department of Transportation.
“I’m pleased to be part of this group of individuals as we embark on a study that will, without doubt, impact the lives of many residents in Connecticut,” said Blank. “It’s exciting to think about bringing this type of futuristic technology to our state, but it comes with great responsibility. We must ensure the safety of everyone on or near our roadways.”
The legislation authorizes a pilot program in as many as four municipalities to test fully autonomous vehicles. The task force will evaluate that program along with federal regulations and current laws in other states for autonomous vehicles, make recommendations to the state and submit a final report.
“I’m confident that Adam’s experience and knowledge will be of great value to the task force,” said State Sen. Martin Looney, D-New Haven, of his appointment.
“Adam brings a unique perspective, based upon his experience representing people injured by all kinds of motor vehicles. He understands how important it is that we ascertain whether self-driving cars are safe for passengers, motorists and pedestrians before we open the floodgates,” said Steven Frederick, co-managing partner of Wofsey Rosen.
A civil litigator who practices in the areas of personal injury, commercial litigation and real estate-based litigation, Blank also served for nearly 10 years on Norwalk’s Zoning Commission and is well versed in municipal planning and zoning concerns, which pose critical issues to the question of self-driving cars.
Blank received his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in 1999 from Syracuse University and his law degree, with honors, in 2004 from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he served as an associate editor of the Connecticut Law Review and as executive director of the Connecticut Moot Court Board.
In addition to previously chairing Norwalk’s Zoning Commission and serving on the city’s Aquifer Protection Agency, he also served on Monroe’s Board of Finance; acted as vice chairman of the Monroe Democratic Town Committee; and was a mentor in the Champions Mentoring Program and Family and Children’s Agency Mentoring Program.
Blank is a resident of Norwalk, where he lives with his wife Melissa and daughter Emma.
“When it comes to driverless cars, Adam has the ‘drive’ to better our communities,” Frederick said. “This appointment is an exceptional forum to showcase his values and know-how.”