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Are Self-Driving Cars the Solution to Prevent Reckless Driving?

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San Jose car accident attorneys, reckless driving, self-driving cars, distracted driving accidents, car accident injuriesWhile car accidents and injuries are sometimes the result of dangerous roads, adverse weather conditions, and auto manufacturer defects, the most common cause is human error. Despite the efforts of law enforcement and extensive traffic safety public awareness campaigns, reckless driving behaviors such as distracted driving and driving under the influence continue to claim thousands of lives each year. Could self-driving, autonomous vehicles be the solution to the problem?

Self-Driving Vehicles

In a December 5, 2017 Forbes article on self-driving vehicles, the writer poses the theory that self-driving vehicles may be the most effective way of reducing the overall number of car accidents due to distracted driving and other reckless driving behaviors. Written half tongue in cheek, the article asserts the claim that by making driving an autonomous activity, drivers would be freer to focus their attention on other matters, such as their cellphones and other mobile devices.

San Jose is only a half hour from Palo Alto, where Google has been experimenting with self-driving vehicles for the past decade or so. While it is not uncommon to occasionally encounter these vehicles on the road, we are still a good bit away from a time when driving is completely autonomous, allowing you to turn your focus on other tasks while driving to work or to picking the children up from school. Tremendous progress has been made, though, and new car technology increasingly incorporates functions which allow your vehicle to take actions in dangerous situations, potentially protecting you and your passengers while preventing car accidents and injuries from occurring.

How Autonomous Features Help Prevent Car Accidents

According to the latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of car accidents reported in the United States each year has now reached more than six million. These accidents kill more than 35,000 people each year, while leaving close to 2.5 million others with serious injuries. Human error is the leading factor in the majority of crashes and collisions, caused by drivers engaged in reckless driving behaviors such as the following:

  • Distracted driving;
  • Speeding and driving too fast for conditions;
  • Driving under the influence;
  • Aggressive driving, such as tailgating and improper passing; and
  • Drowsy driving and falling asleep behind the wheel.

To increase driver safety, the NHTSA encourages new car manufacturers to create and incorporate self-driving, automatic technologies into their vehicles. Automatic braking, lane drifting alerts, backup warning cameras, speed sensors, and other types of warning systems and overrides help to make up for when a driver’s actions jeopardize themselves and others on the road.

Let Us Help You Today

If you have suffered car accident injuries as the result of a reckless driver, reach out and contact Jachimowicz Law Group. We provide the professional legal representation you need to hold these drivers accountable, and can advise you on the best course of action to get the compensation you deserve. Reach out to our passionate San Jose car accident attorneys online and request a consultation today.

Sources:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/theodorecasey/2017/12/05/distracted-driving-will-stop-when-cars-drive-themselves/#2b087a6c1534

https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812376

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