Will Self-Driving Cars Reduce Car Accidents?

When car accidents happen, usually we look into the possibility of the drivers who would be the cause of the collision.  When two drivers are involved in a car crash, often the blame is to the one who acted negligently, and sometimes even both drivers can be held accountable for the injuries and damages caused by the accident. This is often an easy case when it comes to car accidents and determining negligence and compensation, but according to the website of the Goings Law Firm, LLC from Columbia, SC, this is not always the case. Sometimes, there are cases where defective products and manufacturers errors are the cause of the accident, and this can be one of the most difficult things to fight when going to court.

Technological advances have helped make robotic cars a possibility. Although it may generally be a great advancement for humankind, self-driving cars can lead to confusion when determining who is at-fault for an accident. Robot-controlled vehicles will be making the shift from driver liability to the manufacturers’ liability, because the manufacturer will effectively be the one controlling the vehicle. Fortunately, it has been a widely understood and accepted shift of responsibility, with legal professionals arguing that without any driver, driver’s negligence can’t be used as an argument.

The shift of liability for car accidents has made manufacturers hesitant in adopting the technology. During the 1970’s, manufacturers reluctantly accepted the implementation of airbags in automobiles in fear of facing lawsuits should the airbags fail and cause injury. The responsibility of overseeing the safety on every aspect of the vehicle is too complicated and can become too much of a liability for manufacturers.

Although the possibility of driving robot-controlled vehicles is predicted by scientists to be years away, this is only reserved to autonomous driving – there are vehicles that are self driving, using lane control and self-stopping mechanisms. What manufacturers and scientist are working on, together with the help of the government, is ensuring that these cars will be safe.

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