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Driverless Cars and Public Policy

Delaware Car Accident Lawyers discuss driverless car accidents.  Motor vehicle accidents are prevalent in the United States. Frequently, these accidents are serious in nature, causing major injuries and death. Lawmakers and traffic experts are striving to reduce the number of car accidents by enforcing strict programs and policies on the road.

These policies are in place to deter drivers from being careless on the road with hefty fines and harsh penalties for repeat offenders.

Probably the most recent attempt to reduce accidental injuries and deaths is to introduce more driverless vehicle options.

New Laws

President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 on March 23, 2018. This legislation directs the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) to conduct research on the development of Automated Vehicles and will provide necessary funding.

While driverless vehicles are still in the earlier stages of development, they are predicted to significantly reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents. According to an article in Science Alert from 2015, driverless vehicles could reduce traffic-related accident deaths by 90 percent. One of the main ideas behind this is that the majority of car accidents are the result of driver error. Driverless vehicles could significantly reduce this hazard.

According to a potential growth chart in Science Alert, it is projected that by 2050 nearly all vehicles will be automated vehicles. The USDOT’s goal is to be prepared for this progressive change in transportation by understanding these new technologies while maintaining practical safety policies.

Necessary New Policies

To achieve this goal, the USDOT must modernize transportation policies and regulations that will compliment these innovative technologies. Lawmakers and safety engineers now must determine which new safety policies could benefit our society and maintain safe road conditions.

However, there are many people who remain skeptical about driverless vehicles. According to a poll conducted by the American Automobile Association (AAA), 63 percent of people said they felt unsafe to potentially ride in a self-driving vehicle.

More studies conducted by the Brookings Institution, think tank HNTB, and the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety reported that 60 percent said they were reluctant to ride in a self-driving vehicle, 70 percent stated they were concerned about even sharing the road with them, and 59 percent expressed their doubts that self-driving cars were any safer than human controlled cars.

There is no denying that driverless cars will be a part of our future. The future of self-driving cars relies not only on the development of new technology, but earning the trust of consumers nationwide.

Delaware Car Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Help Those Injured in Driverless Car Accidents

Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident can be overwhelming and stressful. Our experienced legal team is available to assist you and your family during this trying time. Delaware car accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC can help victims injured in car accidents to recover damages including medical expenses, financial hardship, and pain and suffering. For a free consultation, call us at 302-888-1221 or contact us online. Conveniently located in Wilmington, Delaware, we represent clients throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.