Technological advances are usually exciting and make our society safer and more efficient. Milestones in self driving vehicle technology have made the news many times in recent years. However, new technology such as this comes with unexpected costs and risks. There are dangers associated with having self driving cars out on public roads alongside human drivers and pedestrians. Although autonomous vehicles usually still have human operators in the driver’s seat, it is not enough to prevent accidents and injuries. In 2018, an autonomous vehicle with a human backup driver that was being tested by Uber struck and killed a pedestrian. However, perhaps the most popular and well known company with self-driving car technology is Tesla. The electric vehicle company calls its self-driving feature Autopilot, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently investigating 23 crashes in which this technology was potentially involved.
Although self-driving cars are an exciting, futuristic technology, they also clearly pose a risk to the safety of their passengers as well as others on the road. If you are manning a vehicle with self-driving technology, remember that you still must always be alert and attentive to others on the road to avoid painful, damaging, and potentially fatal accidents.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a self-driving vehicle, please contact Kauffman and Associates for a complimentary consultation. No case is too big or small. We can help ensure you obtain appropriate medical care and receive the maximum financial settlement possible for your pain and suffering.