Will Self Driving Cars Reduce Accidents on the Road?


Self-driving or autonomous vehicles (AVs) are in the works at most vehicle manufacturers and may be available sooner than you think. Currently, self-driving vehicles are being used in mining and farming. They’re also poised to take over in the construction industry, though they stand to offer benefits to drivers all over the country.

What Are the Benefits of Autonomous Vehicles?

Many drivers may welcome self-driving cars with open arms because they’d save more time. By not having to drive, they could sit back and relax or get work done while commuting.

Parking spaces could shrink in size because the vehicles would drop their passengers off at the door. They could then park without worrying about leaving space for someone to enter or exit the vehicle.

Perhaps the most exciting benefit of autonomous vehicles is that they can make roads safer. The technology that is being developed may be able to eliminate accidents, and with them, the injuries and fatalities that tend to happen in these events.

However, it’s not perfected yet, which is why you’re not seeing more self-driving cars on the road at this time.

The Plan to Eliminate Driver Error

There’s something everyone needs to understand about self-driving vehicles and it’s the fact that they are no safer than vehicles with drivers. The primary reason they are being hailed as a safer way to commute is that making them autonomous decreases the risk of accidents due to human error.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has noted that driver mistakes are involved in almost every crash. Making the change to autonomous vehicles could potentially improve safety on the roads. However, it may only prevent about one-third of all crashes if the systems drive like humans.

Self-driving vehicles may eventually be able to identify dangers better than most people. This isn’t the only thing that could prevent most crashes. While it’s a nice thought to dream of a world in which car accidents that cause debilitating injuries and deaths would no longer exist, there are some hurdles to overcome.

It’s true that automated vehicles could never be vulnerable to incapacitation. The fact remains that self-driving vehicles will need to be designed so that they focus on safety and prioritize it over rider preference. Additionally, autonomous vehicles will need to obey traffic laws while also adapting to road conditions. This technology must be adept at implementing driving strategies to make up for the uncertainty factor of how other drivers behave.

As of this time, self-driving vehicles are not yet ready for the mainstream. Even when they become more of a force on the road, the potential for accidents will remain for many years. Also, not everyone will be able to buy an autonomous vehicle as soon as they are available.

If that’s the case, accident attorneys will be very busy as they work to uphold the legal rights of car crash victims in these scenarios.

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