Are autonomous cars the key to reducing the number of automobile accidents in America? What can cause autonomous vehicles to crash? In 2016, there were 37,461 motor vehicle fatalities in the United States. Of these, roughly 94% were the result of driver error or actions. To reduce the risk of accidents, manufacturers developed autonomous vehicles as a potential way to minimize the risk of human error and make roads safer. However, this emerging technology is far from flawless.
Humans remain the leading cause of motor vehicle accidents involving self-driving cars. Studies conducted in California show that from 2014 to 2018, 38 accidents were recorded involving autonomous vehicles in motion under full autonomous mode. Of these, only one was not caused by the driver. Similarly, of the 19 incidents involving autonomous vehicles in motion while operating under conventional mode, only 6 accidents were the result of technological failures. Conventional mode allows for human interaction and for the driver to control various aspects of the vehicle.
The first fatal crash involving an autonomous vehicle occurred in 2016. when a Tesla driver was killed while testing the vehicle's systems while in motion. The first fatality involving a pedestrian and an autonomous vehicle occurred in Arizona in March 2018. The vehicle operated by Uber was in autonomous mode when it struck and killed the pedestrian.
Researchers estimate that by 2025, there will be more than 8 million Level 3 autonomous vehicles on the road capable of "self driving". This will represent roughly 8.5% of all vehicles on the road. In anticipation of this event, state legislators actively seek to amend state laws in order to keep Kansans safe from harm. Under current law, when an accident involving an autonomous vehicle occurs, a car crash lawyer can pursue liability claims against the driver of the autonomous vehicle, the autonomous vehicle manufacturer, the software engineers that program the autonomous vehicle, or the mechanics responsible for maintaining the autonomous vehicle.
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