Self-driving cars, which incorporate automated driving technology, are making their way onto our roads.
Cruise control was a big step forward in car technology.
Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) are another technology upgrade, improving safety by helping drivers to steer better while braking. ABS prevents wheels from seizing up during deceleration. This advancement started to gain traction in the 1970s, becoming more common in the ’80s. It is now a standard feature.
In 2014 Americans spent almost 7 billion hours in traffic delays, as reported by the National Highway Safety Administration on Automated Vehicles for Safety. Recent studies show that distracted drivers caused 8.7% of all car crash deaths in 2019.
Today, many more steps have been taken toward automated driving technology. Some technologies warn the driver of danger, while others offer assistive features when danger is present.
“Adaptive” cruise control can now respond to the closeness of other vehicles and slow the car when it approaches another. Lane-keeping assist can help drivers stay in their lane, and gently course-correct if the vehicle drifts too far in either direction.
In addition to reducing potential driver-related accidents, self-driving cars may offer many benefits to drivers and passengers.
Seniors and people with disabilities who may be unable to drive themselves may gain a greater deal of freedom in their daily lives. A single car could pick up and drop off many people in a day for appointments, grocery shopping, and recreational possibilities.
Instead of stressing in traffic, fully automated cars would allow people to leisurely read, snack, or sleep on their way to work or school. Less stress on the road and life, in general, can greatly improve quality of life. There is no question that self-driving cars could have the potential to help people in the future.
There are still some open questions about what parties can be held liable after a self-driving car accident. Legal considerations will be made more clear as technology advances.
As always, the attorneys at William Mattar P.C. are keeping an eye on automated driving technology, as it could significantly affect personal injury law.
Accidents related to the driver-assistance technology and self-driving vehicles can happen at any time..
If you’ve been injured in an accident related to driver assist technology, or are the victim of distracted or fatigued driving, call William Mattar P.C. today.
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