Self-driving cars are coming, and in the future, they may be a common way for people to get to and from where they need to go. But a new study reveals that most people are scared to ride in autonomous vehicles.
However, the dangers of being on the road may be the same, regardless of whether you are the one driving, or the computer is in charge. Negligent drivers are all around us, and cause thousands of car accidents per year. Citing safety concerns, the Association of Global Automakers recently urged the National Transportation Safety Administration to “slow down” its production of guidelines for the vehicles.
Drivers Trust Their Own Skills – But Should They?
According to a recent study conducted by AAA, and summarized in an article published on AutoBlog.com, three out of every four Americans are fearful about riding in self-driving automobiles. The report found that 84 percent of drivers said that they trusted their own driving skills more than those of a car computer.
Up until late February 2016, all of the accidents in which a self-driving car had been involved had been caused by another driver, not by the self-driving car. That changed when a Google vehicle recently collided with a bus in Mountain View, Calif. The accident happened when the self-driving car traveled into the center lane to make a right turn around some sandbags, wrongfully assuming that the approaching bus would slow and let the car pass.
While the incident was minor and resulted in no injuries, according to the article, “Google Self-driving Lexus Crashes into Bus,” also provided by AutoBlog, the accident does highlight the fact that self-driving cars are not perfect.
But does the crash mean that drivers should have fears about these vehicles? While fearing the unknown is common, even the safest of drivers – and the safest of vehicles – are involved in crashes at times. Almost always, these crashes are a result of the negligence of drivers on the road. Distracted driving, aggressive driving, speeding, impaired driving, and other careless acts are often to blame. As such, whether you are riding in a self-driving car or operating a vehicle on your own, you may be at risk.
What to Do After an Accident
If you are in a car accident – whether caused by an autonomous vehicle or the negligence of another driver – you have the right to seek compensation for your damages. By filing a claim for compensation and holding the other party responsible, you may be able to recover compensation for the costs of your medical expenses, property damage, and more.
At the law firm of Grimes Teich Anderson LLP, our car accident attorneys can provide you with much-needed answers after a car accident results in injuries when you were not at fault. To learn more about how we may be able to help you and what your options may be for recovering compensation, including how to prove fault and damages, contact us for a free injury case evaluation with our law firm today. You can reach our offices by calling us directly, or by taking a moment to fill out our online form.