Are Self-Driving Cars Safe?

Self-driving, or autonomous cars are on the rise in Texas and statistics show that this technology is becoming an ever more popular choice for many drivers. The number of self-driving vehicles registered in Texas has grown by over 25 percent since 2015, with projections showing that even greater growth is possible. While the technology has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, it is not foolproof. Accidents involving self-driving cars have become a major concern for vehicle manufacturers, local governments, and consumers alike.

How many Car Accidents involve Autonomous Cars?

One of the main questions on everyone’s minds is how often do self-driving car accidents occur? Unfortunately, there isn’t an exact answer to this question since statistics can vary depending on where you look. Many studies suggest that self-driving car accidents happen at much lower rates than those caused by human error.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 94% of all vehicle collisions are caused by driver error.  Even though they aren’t as frequent, when these self-driving car accidents do happen, they often result in serious injuries or even fatalities.

While autonomous vehicles are still being perfected, we must remain aware of the risks associated with these types of vehicles. For instance, a vehicle may not recognize a pedestrian crossing the street or gauge a dangerous situation accurately. This can lead to serious injuries and even death. As such, it is important to be cautious when operating or riding in an autonomous vehicle and always be aware of your surroundings. Additionally, manufacturers should continue to refine the safety protocols associated with self-driving cars so that they can operate as safely and efficiently as possible for all involved.

Who is at Fault?

It is often difficult to determine who is at fault for an accident involving self driving vehicles.  If the vehicle is, for example, a Chevrolet make but the self driving technology is from Google, who is liable?  Is it the driver, the car manufacturer, the technology company or a combination of all of them. In some cases, families have claimed that the car manufacturing company did not adequately warn them about potential dangers associated with self-driving cars. Such lawsuits could potentially lead to increased safety standards for automated vehicles, as well as greater financial accountability on the part of manufacturers and other stakeholders.

Next Steps

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident involving a self-driving vehicle contact Adam Miller, The Texas Bulldog for a free, no-obligation case review at 713-572-3333.  The experienced attorneys at Miller Law Firm can help you navigate the complex laws regarding liability when it comes to self-driving vehicles.  Hold the guilty parties responsible for your injuries by hiring The Texas Bulldog.  He doesn’t just bark, He BITES!