While self-driving cars programmed to follow the rules of the road may be safer in theory, Georgia residents may be interested to know that they have twice the accident rate of human drivers. Most of the accidents occur at low speeds and don’t involve serious damage or injury to humans. They are often the result of other motorists who are not used to robotic cars that drive more cautiously than an average person.
One reason cited for the high rate of crashes is the quick reflexes shown by autonomous cars. They can faster when they sense a pedestrian or when coming to a stop at a red light or stop sign. Although there are more crashes involving self-driving vehicles, none of them have been the fault of the robotic cars. However, some have wondered whether or not the cars should be programmed to bend the rules in certain situations like merging onto a busy highway.
In one test, a self-driving Cadillac SRX could not merge onto the highway without help from a human. This was because the car could not determine whether it would have the space to do so safely. Self-driving car makers such as Google reject the notion that cars being too careful is a bad thing. They equate a slow self-driving car with a student driver or a grandmother taking it slow on the road.
An individual who is hurt in a car accident that was caused by another motorist may want to meet with a personal injury attorney to discuss the options that are available. If it can be determined that the other motorist’s negligence was the cause of the injuries, the attorney may suggest the filing of a lawsuit seeking damages from the at-fault party.