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When Will Americans Trust Driverless Cars?

DALLAS, Texas. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 32,000 people die and another 2 million are hurt in car accidents every year. Many of these deaths and serious injuries could have been easily prevented had drivers taken basic safety precautions like using a seat belt, avoiding texting and driving, and driving within the speed limit. The majority of accidents occur due to driver error. Many experts claim that driverless cars could eliminate the role driver error plays in crashes. While this doesn’t mean that driverless cars will completely eliminate accidents altogether, computer-driven cars could potentially lower the number of people who are killed and injured in car accidents every year. Why then, does the general public continue to show mistrust in driverless cars? And, when will the public begin to trust these vehicles?

Part of the problem probably stems from the fact that the public hears the big news stories about the accidents involving driverless cars or computer-assisted vehicles. They don’t hear about the statistics that reveal that driverless cars could be safe, nor do many fully understand the in-depth research that has been going into making driverless cars a reality.

The industry knows it has a problem when it comes to education. The general public doesn’t have a good grasp of what driverless cars are or what they do. According to Quartz, Alphabet, one of the leading researchers into driverless cars, along with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Foundation for Blind Children, and the Foundation for Senior Living will begin an educational campaign in Arizona. The website offers a range of statistics and facts about the benefits of self-driving cars. For instance, the site notes that 94 percent of crashes are the result of human error. The site shows how driverless cars can revolutionize transportation for the elderly and the blind.

The driverless car industry understands that it will need to have the general public onboard before it can begin to get the legislation and government support it needs to release these vehicles. However, many questions about driverless cars remain to be answered. In cases of ethical gray areas, for example, how will driverless cars be programmed to behave? Will a driverless car save pedestrians or the car’s passengers in the rare situation where the computer has to make the choice? Who will be held liable if two driverless cars are involved in an accident in which a person is personally injured? Some of these questions will likely be addressed in court, by personal injury lawyers. Others will need to be addressed by programmers and car designers.

One thing is certain. Car accidents, unfortunately, continue to happen. The Law Office of Robert Gregg are car accident attorneys in Dallas, Texas who are aware of the pulse of new technology. Our firm understands the real impact that human error has on individuals’ lives and families. Car accidents can result in lost wages, pain and suffering, and high medical costs.