Self-driving cars sound so George Jetson, who wouldn’t want one? Casually sipping your coffee and reading a book (or taking a nap) during your morning commute would be better than stressing out while navigating bump-to-bumper traffic. But is convenience and exciting tech the reason we need self-driving cars?
The real reason for the implementation of self-driving cars is safety. Driving enthusiasts and “gearhead” purists will protest against anything that takes their feet away from the gas pedal. However, if we get realistic about driving safety, it’s humans and their inability to follow common sense safety practices — and their propensity for breaking the law — that are the real safety problems. With the rise of distracting smartphones, and nearly everyone getting addicted to them, the situation is only getting worse.
It doesn’t matter how many airbags you put into a car and it doesn’t matter how dedicated you are to safe driving practices, it seems that there will be countless other motorists swerving through traffic while drunk, distracted by smartphones, speeding and endangering responsible drivers in countless ways.
What kind of driverless car safety benefits will we receive by replacing human drivers? Here are just a few:
Money saving for individual insurance rates and for society as a whole due to the reduction of crashes, damages and injuries.
Many people will be excited to jump onto the self-driving bandwagon, while others will be hesitant to give up their love of driving. In the meantime, however, we’re a long way from having to make a decision like this and we will have to endure the numerous and potentially fatal dangers that are commonplace on American roadways.
If you or someone you love was tragically injured in an auto accident, the dangers of human-driven vehicles have hit much too close to home. Make sure you understand your legal rights and options to determine if you can pursue financial compensation in court.