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Human drivers not necessarily safer than autonomous vehicles

Human errors cause the vast majority of motor vehicle accidents in Georgia. The widespread use of autonomous vehicles or self-driving cars could make the roads safer. Despite two recent deaths during autonomous vehicle tests, the technology has the potential to reduce traffic fatalities significantly.

Every year, approximately 35,000 people die in wrecks on the nation's roads. Pedestrians struck and killed by vehicles lose their lives largely because drivers were not paying attention. Elderly drivers have been experiencing a rising rate of accidents.

Although people experience difficulties behind the wheel, building safe autonomous vehicles continues to challenge researchers. A driver inside an autonomous vehicle built by Tesla died during an autopilot test. According to the accident report from Tesla, the driver's hands were not on the steering wheel for six seconds before the crash. A test run of a driverless Uber car resulted in a pedestrian death.

While manufacturers continue to refine autonomous vehicle technology, motorists remain dependent on each other for safety. A driver who causes a crash due to negligence, like texting, drinking or speeding, could be held liable by accident victims for financial damages. A person struggling financially in the aftermath of a crash might benefit by seeking assistance from an attorney who litigates car accidents. An attorney may be able to represent the person during discussions with an insurance adjuster. A legal review of the insurance policy might inform the attorney about available coverage and protect the person from accepting an inadequate settlement. When necessary, an attorney might file a lawsuit against the responsible parties. This service might be especially supportive to someone suffering from serious or catastrophic injuries. An attorney may also manage the details of the case and strive to recover sufficient money to help someone recover financially from lost income and high medical bills.

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