Learn Why Autonomous Vehicles Cannot Prevent All Accidents – Or Even Most of Them
In almost all car accidents, driver error plays at least a partial role. This is why many people believe that automation can significantly reduce – or even eliminate car accidents. Unfortunately, data has shown that self-driving cars might only prevent one in three accidents. That is, if they drive too much as people do. This is all information shared in a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Keep reading to learn more and contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation if you have been injured in an accident.
The Truth about Autonomous Vehicle Accidents is Complicated
The vice president of research for the IIHS, Jessica Cicchino, has said that she believes that in the future, fully autonomous vehicles will be able to identify hazards better than people could – but that this would not entirely prevent most crashes. Why? Because a national survey of police-reported accidents found that driver error is the final failure in nine out of ten car accidents.
The institute’s analysis showed that fewer than one in three of those accidents were the result of a mistake that an autonomous vehicle would not also commit. Yes, these vehicles have more accurate perception than humans, and they do not drive while incapacity by drugs or alcohol. However, the other two-thirds of accidents would require the vehicles to be programmed to prioritize safety over convenience and speed.
Researchers Looked at More than 5,000 Police-Reported Accidents
Researchers at IIHS wanted to estimate the number of crashes that might continue if self-driving vehicles are programmed to make the same decisions about risks that a human would. They looked at 5,000+ police-reported accidents from the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Study.
This is data that was originally collected from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It includes information about accidents in which at least one of the involved vehicles needed to be towed away and in which emergency medical services were required. What did they find? They found that there are five main categories of causes for all accidents – and that today’s autonomous cars can only be programmed against and prevent accidents in two of those five categories.
Talk to an Attorney if You Have Suffered an Injury in a Car Accident
If you have been injured in a car accident, we highly recommend that you contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you call Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas, the sooner we can get started in securing compensation for the damages you suffered. If you would like a free legal case evaluation to determine the right way forward for you, call us now at 909-982-0707.