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Who is at fault in a self-driving car accident?

On Behalf of | Sep 29, 2021 | Car Accidents |

On Behalf of | Sep 29, 2021 | Car Accidents

Changes in technology are leading to a time when you or another person who owns a self-driving vehicle won’t have to manually handle any of its controls for it to operate correctly. While this period is still not here, it’s getting closer yearly, leading to legal questions surrounding its use in Oklahoma. Examining the latest statistics can indicate how safe these self-driving vehicles are and who may be at fault if an accident were to occur with one of them involved.

Self-driving car accident statistics to examine

Operating a vehicle with self-driving technology or being next to one as it’s whizzing down the road can lead to interesting data when examining incidents resulting in a car accident. The statistics indicate that the most common accident to occur is having a self-driving car get hit from the rear by other drivers who weren’t paying attention. The second most common accident occurred due to other drivers’ mistakes, leading to their car sideswiping the self-driving vehicle. These two statistics show that human error may be eliminated by utilizing a self-driving car, resulting in fewer auto accidents and physical injuries.

Accident statistics on Google’s self-driving cars

Since 2009 and throughout 2018, Google’s self-driving cars have been involved in 30 minor auto accidents, which is low and a promising sign for the broader use of this technology. While this statistic is positive, technology still needs to be enhanced to prevent injuries in self-driving car accidents. One accident that’s an example of this indicated that an alarm in the self-driving car failed to wake up a driver who was sleeping, resulting in a car accident. Enhancing the alarm system may help improve this from occurring. Utilizing self-driving technology in the future may help cut down on some types of accidents, leading to fewer personal injuries and litigation.