Two-thirds of car accidents would still happen
The main safety issue with self-driving vehicles is that they only eliminate certain types of accidents. For example, they can get rid of the risk that the driver could fall asleep or misperceive something behind the wheel. Self-driving cars would certainly not operate under the influence of alcohol. However, the categories of accidents in which these vehicles would make a difference only account for a third of crashes.
A self-driving car killed a pedestrian recently
The danger of these cars became apparent after a recent incident in Arizona in which a self-driving Uber vehicle failed to anticipate that a pedestrian was going to try to cross the street. A woman was struck and killed by the car. Vehicle designers need to focus only on safety as opposed to trying to balance it with driver convenience and performance. If they do this, then self-driving vehicles can become completely safe alternatives that can prevent all accidents. Until then, there are still dangers present for everyone on the road.
If you have been hurt in an accident involving a self-driving vehicle or any other car or truck, you may be entitled to substantial financial compensation. Even if a car is self-driving, there is always someone who can be held legally responsible if the vehicle caused you injury. You should contact a personal injury lawyer to learn more about your legal rights after a car accident and how you can file an insurance claim or a lawsuit against the responsible party.