A newly published study from a multi-national consulting firm is suggesting
that self-driving cars - considered the wave of the future - will significantly
improve safety on American roads. The study, which was detailed in
The Wall Street Journal
found the following:
- If widely used by American motorists, self-driving cars could eliminate
as much as 90% of roadway accidents.
- Autonomous cars could result in an estimated $190 billion in health care
savings and save thousands of lives each year.
Researchers credit the estimated safety benefits of self-driving cars to
advanced technology that limits the potential for driver error and negligence
(a common factor in the majority of auto accidents). Self-driving cars,
for example, are not vulnerable to distracted or impaired drivers. These
technologies also have a better grasp of surroundings than humans may have.
Adaptive cruise control, lane-departure prevention advancements, and blind
spot detection technology have become increasingly used by automakers
in new vehicles. When these and other innovative technologies become common
place, they will play a significant role in reducing numerous accidents
While self-driving cars and very few traffic accidents are exciting prospects,
it may be some time before autonomous vehicles dominate U.S. roads and
highways. According to the study, auto-piloted vehicles may not be mass
produced and used until sometime around 2030. Researchers did estimate
that automakers would begin adopting self-driving cars within the next decade.
At The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC, we have represented many clients who suffered
harm and losses as a result of driver error and negligence. We look forward
to seeing if self-driving cars will truly take hold, but know that as
long as humans still have the ability to control vehicles - which are
essentially large and dangerous machines - there will always be the potential
for accidents, especially preventable accidents.
If you have questions about your rights after an
auto accident in Virginia,
contact our firm for a FREE case evaluation.