Pennsylvania motorists may have heard that some innovative companies are pouring resources into developing self-driving car technology. In fact, Google already has driverless cars driving on roadways in several locations.
While it seems inevitable that driverless cars will become available to the general public at some point in the future, it is being suggested that it may take longer than previously thought. One issue is that determining who will be held liable in the event a driverless car crashes is still a major hurdle. Additionally, there are ethical questions that must be answered as well. One question that is often brought up is what a driverless vehicles should do if the choice was either hurt a bystander, put the occupants of the vehicle itself in harm's way or involve another car in the incident.
Another issue is that, while there is a buzz from experts about the future of driverless cars, the general population does not seem to be as excited about them. According to a survey from Kelley Blue Book, many people are interested in the technology but want the option of being able to drive the vehicle themselves whenever they want.
Until driverless vehicles become ubiquitous,car collisions will continue to occur. It has been noted that the vast majority of car accidents are attributable to human error. An occupant of another vehicle who has been injured in a car crash caused by a driver who was impaired by alcohol or drugs, speeding, distracted by a cellphone or negligent in some other fashion might want to have a lawyer's help in trying to obtain a settlement from the at-fault motorist's insurance company.