After years of dreaming and planning, self-driving cars are finally on the road. While this is very exciting, it may also be cause for concern. Our current roadways were not built with self-driving cars in mind. This means that the potential for accidents is high. So it seems that self-driving cars may pose a threat to other drivers.
The roads are unpredictable at best. If a self-driving car faces an unexpected situation that requires quick reflexes it may not be able to respond in time. A driverless vehicle has to rely on its computer software program for every function. Therefore, it may not react in a timely fashion when it hits a patch of ice or flooded roadway.
Human error is still a possibility
Owners of driverless cars are still somewhat involved with the journeys. The technology is still not fully tested on the roads and as long as people are involved in production and programming, then human error is a distinct possibility.
Who is responsible if there is an accident?
Law enforcement is currently treating driverless vehicle accidents the same as any other automobile accident. As it stands right now, the operator of the self-driving car is responsible for accidents caused by user error. If, however, the accident is a result of mechanical malfunctions, the manufacturer may also be held liable.
All drivers need to remain vigilant behind the wheel. If you have been in an accident with a self-driving car, seek out experienced legal guidance. You may be able to recover the cost of damages to your vehicle and any medical bills you acquired due to the accident.