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Self-driving vehicles won't eliminate all car accidents

Like many others, you may have concerns about the safety of self-driving vehicles. With many car companies racing to be the first to have their autonomous vehicles ready for consumer use, it is likely you will be sharing the road with a vehicle that is driving itself in the near future. You may not know how these types of cars work, whether they are safe and whether this type of technology is truly necessary. 

Automakers and experts claim self-driving cars will be safer. With a majority of vehicle collisions happening because of preventable human error, one could see how a smart computer system could correct course, prevent crashes and help drivers get from place to place safely. However, studies show that they may not help prevent up to two-thirds of all car accidents.

Is tech the solution?

From the problem of distracted driving to reckless choices behind the steering wheel, choices that people make are some of the main reasons why car accidents happen. Logically, removing humans from the driving equation should lead to a significant reduction in the number of crashes. Before you reach the same conclusion, consider the following:

  • It's impossible to accurately predict how self-driving vehicles could impact crash rates until a significant number are on the road. The unexpected can and will happen, leading to accidents involving all types of vehicles.
  • With self-driving vehicles, overall safety must override personal preferences of the driver in order to be truly safe.
  • It is possible to program a vehicle to account for common human errors and behaviors, but it is not possible to program a vehicle for all of the possible complex scenarios that may occur.

Self-driving vehicles may be the solution for accidents that occur because of things like lane departure, but it remains unknown if these vehicles will truly help prevent the overall accident numbers. Regardless, each driver is responsible for the choices he or she makes behind the wheel.

After a crash

If you are the victim of an accident that occurs because of human error, you could have grounds to move forward with a civil claim. An assessment of your case by an experienced Montana legal professional can help you move forward with an effective and decisive course of action that is in your best interests. The civil justice system may offer you the opportunity to seek compensation for your losses and non-economic damages.

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