Will self-driving cars solve accidents?

With each passing year, self-driving cars continue to evolve. While they’re far from taking over the road, technology is moving in the right direction.

There are many benefits associated with self-driving cars, including the ability for the driver to take a more “hands off” approach to the road. Furthermore, it’s the hopes of many that these vehicles will cut down on the number of accidents on the nation’s roadways

But there’s a problem

Even though the advancement of self-driving cars is a good thing, there’s reason for concern. There are a variety of issues associated with these vehicles, including but not limited to:

  • Wide adoption is necessary: In order for self-driving cars to minimize accidents, wide adoption must occur. So, until these vehicles are used by the majority of drivers, they won’t do much to solve accidents.
  • Vulnerable to hackers: Any time you put technology to use, there will be people who look to exploit the system. For example, if hackers are able to take control of a vehicle, they can do bad things with it.
  • Supervision is still necessary: With today’s technology and regulations, supervision is still necessary when a vehicle is in self-driving mode. This is likely to remain the case well into the future. So, forget about taking a nap on your way to work.
  • Inclement weather: If the weather takes a turn for the worse, such as the result of heavy rain or strong winds, it will make it more difficult for self-driving cars to navigate the roads in a safe manner.

Along with the above, there are questions about how to best determine fault in the event of an accident. It will largely come down to whose vehicle made a mistake, and that’s not going to be easy to determine.

It’s the hope of everyone that the growth of self-driving cars will reduce accidents and make it more convenient to get from point A to point B. However, don’t expect this technology to eliminate accidents for good.

If you’re injured in an accident with a self-driving car, be sure that you understand your legal rights and how to approach the insurance claims process.