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Recent crash gives many second thoughts about self-driving cars

California readers know that self-driving cars are in a testing phase, and many companies are working toward the widespread release and use of these vehicles soon. There are many who believe that self-driving cars will be the answer to reducing the number of distracted driving and reckless driving accidents. There was a recent accident involving a self-driving car that may cause some to change their minds.

Just recently, there was an accident between a self-driving vehicle in a testing phase and a pedestrian. The pedestrian suffered fatal injuries, and now there is widespread concern that these vehicles could actually make roads more dangerous, not safer. At the time of the accident, there was a person behind the wheel, but the vehicle was on self-driving mode.

Could fewer drivers mean more accidents?

Polls indicate that most people are nervous about riding in self-driving vehicles despite the fact that there has been extensive research and testing. The company in charge of testing this particular vehicle is still trying to figure out why the car did not stop or why the driver did not take control over the car and stop before striking the pedestrian. You may find the following information helpful:

  • Many states are working on laws that will allow the massive use and implementation of self-driving cars in the near future.
  • This recent accident caused Uber, the owner of this specific car, to halt testing while they investigate the accident.
  • Reports indicate that the person inside the vehicle was not impaired at the time of the accident.
  • This accident could make many states slow down their efforts to become "self-driving friendly".

After the investigation into what happened in this tragic accident is complete, it may be clear that a specific party or multiple parties are liable and responsible for what happened. It is possible that there could be grounds to pursue compensation through a civil claim.

How can you protect yourself?

As self-driving cars become more prominent on the roads in California and elsewhere, it could become more important for people to know how to protect themselves in case of an accident. You do not have to suffer because of the negligence or actions of another driver or company, but you can fight back and seek a rightful recovery.

It may be important for your case to seek help as soon as possible after an accident. This can help you understand your rights and options, as well as preserve evidence that could be crucial for your claim.

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