Self-driving cars have been all the rage of 2016, from the introduction of Tesla Autopilot to the many experiments by Google and Uber with self-driving technology. States, companies and, the federal government, are all struggling to bring self-driven cars to the market. But it is important to remember that self-driven cars, despite all of the hype, are still a very nascent industry and probably won’t penetrate the market in any great way for at least ten years. In the meantime, it is critical to protecting and foster innovation in the industry.
Self-driven cars promise to be the silver-bullet that reduces or eliminates traffic-related fatalities. For the first time in five decades, more Americans died in car accidents than in the year before. In 2015, 35,092 people were killed which represented as 7.2 percent increase over 2014. Furthermore, a 2015 review by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that human error is responsible for 94 percent of crashes.
The best way to tackle this problem is to eliminate the human factor in driving, which should reduce accidents by around 94 percent.
To put that in perspective, 1,717 young drivers, 4,295 motorcyclists, and 720 bicyclists died in 2014. In 2013, 4,735 pedestrians were struck and killed by cars. In total, there were 1.23 million vehicle collisions last year. The vast majority of which can be prevented, with automated technology.
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, you might want to speak to an attorney. A lawyer can go over your injuries and the facts to help you determine the compensation to which you are entitled. The last thing you need is to fight a lawsuit while you are trying to heal. An attorney can help you, so you can focus on getting better.