Are Self-Driving Cars Safe?

Google’s self-driving cars have been involved in several accidents, but one with a municipal bus last month is the first in which fault lies entirely with the software. Google is currently adjusting software to inform its self-driving cars that larger vehicles are not likely to yield, even under circumstances in which other vehicles would. Fortunately, no one was injured in the first accident caused by this oversight.

Are self-driving cars a good idea? That depends on who you ask. Some data suggests they may be safer than cars operated by humans, but much of their safety relies on the predictability of other drivers and, as anyone who drives knows, other drivers are far from predictable. Google and other software companies are trying to create systems that can adapt to the ever changing conditions on the road, but only time will tell if such adjustments make these cars safer than flesh-and-blood drivers.

No matter if a car is operated by man or machine, if you are injured by it, you may be entitled to compensation. The best way to determine if you have cause to file suit is by calling the Orford office of Van Dorn & Curtiss at (603) 556-4148 for a free case evaluation and to learn more about your rights. During your initial consultation we will review the details of your case, discuss all of your options, and help you determine the most effective way to get the compensation you are due.


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