Will self-driving vehicles really make Georgia roads safer?

| Jun 19, 2020 | Firm News

Self-driving vehicles are going to be a reality in the near future. Many companies are currently competing to get their autonomous vehicles on the road as fast as possible, and you may have concerns about what this means for you. There are concerns about the safety and necessity of this type of technology, but experts claim it will make the roads safer by reducing accident numbers.

It is easy to see how this is possible. Most accidents are the result of human error, and they are easily preventable with more caution and better choices behind the wheel. Autonomous vehicles will come with technology that can supposedly account for these mistakes and correct the vehicle or remove the driver from the equation altogether. However, studies find that they may not make as much of a difference as many presume.

Will self-driving vehicles help?

Humans are complex, and many of the scenarios that lead to car accidents are complex as well. There are questions regarding how it is possible to program vehicles to be intelligent enough to recognize, evaluate and react to complicated situations in enough time to avoid a collision. Looking into these factors, a study on the probable safety of self-driving vehicles found that they would only prevent around one-third of all crashes.

Unexpected situations happen all the time on the road, and it may not be possible build these types of vehicles to deal with every type of scenario. Should autonomous vehicles be able to override driver preference? Is it possible for these types of vehicles to make mistakes in their conclusions on how to react? There are many questions that need answers regarding predictive reaction, performance errors, human override capabilities and more.

The blame for accidents

When self-driving cars are more prominent on the road, who is responsible if one of these vehicles is in an accident? Is it possible autonomous technology could be to blame for a crash that leaves an innocent person injured? It is impossible to predict these things with certainty, but in the meantime, Georgia drivers are still responsible for the choices they make behind the wheel.

This means that is another driver makes a choice that causes you harm, he or she is liable for damages and financial loss. You may have grounds to pursue a civil claim that can allow you to recoup these losses and secure what you need for a full and fair recovery.