Jeffrey E. Johnston

Humans may be more dangerous than autonomous vehicles

At some point, it is likely that self-driving cars will be prevalent on Georgia roads. However, research has found that humans will still pose a risk even when they are available for use. According to a study, there were 38 incidents involving vehicles driving themselves in California between 2014 and 2018. A human was responsible for causing 37 of them to happen. Another 24 incidents occurred while an autonomous vehicle was operational but not moving.

All 24 of those incidents were caused by a human. In three of the cases analyzed as part of the study, humans actually climbed on the cars or otherwise attacked them. This data helps to disprove the notion that a person is vulnerable traveling in a car that drives itself. Getting people over the fear of not being able to control a vehicle is seen as critical for the evolution of transportation in the United States.

A car accident could cause significant injury and property loss to drivers, passengers and others using the road. This may be true whether a person is driving the vehicle or if it is autonomous mode. Those who experience injuries in an accident may be entitled to reimbursement for medical bills, lost wages and lost future earnings. Furthermore, they may be entitled to compensation to repair or replace their vehicle or other property.

To obtain a favorable outcome in a motor vehicle accident case, a victim must generally show that the person who caused the crash was negligent in doing so. Negligent acts may include failure to obey a stop sign or stop at a red light. Evidence of negligence may include witness or driver statements. It may also include video taken at the crash scene or pictures taken after the crash occurred.

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