According to Google, 94 percent of car accidents are attributed to human error. It is believed that making the transition to autonomous vehicles could significantly reduce the number of collisions in Maryland and around the country. However, there is still a chance of an accident occurring regardless of who or what controls the vehicle. Currently, several automakers plan to introduce autonomous vehicles in the future or have begun testing them already.
However, these vehicles tend to have trouble in rainy or snowy weather, and they have difficulty understanding hand signals from pedestrians. Therefore, it is expected that the first autonomous cars to be sold to consumers may not be 100 percent effective. In the event of an accident, there is some question as to who would be responsible for compensating those involved for damages.
If there is no driver, it may not be possible to hold the car’s owner liable for a technical glitch or other defect. To help resolve the issue, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo have said that they would take responsibility for any accidents involving their self-driving vehicles. Automakers also say that federal regulations for self-driving cars in America could also go a long way toward making the transition to this new technology easier for everyone.
People who are injured in a motor vehicle accident often face high medical expenses and in some cases are unable to return to work, further weakening their financial circumstances. When the accident is determined to have been caused by the negligence of another motorist or a vehicle defect, victims often obtain the assistance of a personal injury attorney in seeking financial damages from the responsible party or parties.