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Autonomous Cars: Convenient or Dangerous?

While the Jetsons was set in 2062, if we plan on having all of their technology by then, cars need to start flying. After all, they already drive themselves. However, since this is fairly new for the non-cartoon world, there are still some bugs to work out and the question remains as to whether or not autonomous cars are convenient or dangerous. An accident lawyer has a far different perspective than that of the person who just had a driverless car pick them up after using a ridesharing app.

Autonomous Cars and Accident Lawyers

While it is believed that automation has already increased safety on the highways by reducing both the number and severity of accidents, questions remain regarding liability. In many cases, the laws have not kept up with technology. Therefore, it is left up to the legal system to decide who is at fault if you get into an accident with or while in a driverless car. As with any other motor vehicle accident, it would behoof you to consult with an accident lawyer.

An accident lawyer can help to resolve the question of fault when autonomous vehicles become involved in accidents, as it will indeed require novel consideration, and in some cases, challenging questions. This is especially true if a third-party vehicle automation system was installed in the aftermarket. As of now, there are no legal precedents that can be followed and with the inevitable lawsuits that will follow, courts will need to look to product liability laws in order to identify the appropriate remedies for any resulting injuries and property damage.

Accident Lawyers Look at the Good of Autonomous Cars

However, that is not to say that autonomous cars and their technology will only cause more work for accident lawyers. In fact, several advancements in the area have improved driving and decreased accidents. Two of these advancements include anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control. Anti-lock brakes have been available since the 1970s. There is evidence to show that they help to reduce stopping distances on slick pavements.

Electronic stability control (ESC) was introduced in the mid-1990s. It became mandatory for newly manufactured light vehicles in 2011. It works when the driver presses the brake pedal.  It combines data from multiple sources in the car in order to selectively apply the brakes to a subset of the wheels. This has led to increased control on turns and slippery surfaces. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that ESC saved over 2,200 lives during the period from 2008 to 2010, thus reducing the caseload for accident lawyers across the country.

If you have been involved in an accident, either with an autonomous car or any other kind of automobile in the El Paso area and are in need of an accident lawyer, contact Cazares Law Firm. We’ll be happy to help!