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Autonomous car crashes spur media interest

Knowing the risk of car crashes on the roadways, many Philadelphia residents may be intrigued by the potential of semi-autonomous driving technology. While self-driving cars once seemed like something out of a science-fiction story, there are multiple corporations working to develop those theories into a reality. From Tesla to Uber, some of the most advanced tech companies have been developing autonomous technologies, from full-on self-driving vehicles to assistance software designed to help drivers improve their safety on the road.

Because some of the appeal of these vehicles has to do with their potential for a reduction in car accidents and the deaths and injuries they cause, accidents involving autonomous vehicles have sparked widespread media attention. In response to some of the news coverage of autonomous car crashes, especially those that did not lead to serious injuries, some high-profile technology figures have criticized the reporting. They say that this kind of attention to semi-autonomous vehicles is both negative and unfair, especially when over 100 people are killed each day across the country in crashes involving traditional vehicles.

However, journalists have noted that the development of these technologies is itself an exciting news story that has captured a great deal of public interest. This means that all aspects of the technologies, including car accidents, are inherently newsworthy and can also point to some of the human failings involved. In addition, media coverage of these crashes can help people learn more about autonomous technologies of which they may initially be wary.

Every day, car accidents take lives and cause severe injuries and lifelong disabilities; many of these crashes are caused by negligent or dangerous driving behaviors. A personal injury lawyer may help car accident victims pursue compensation for the harms they have suffered as a result, including pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages.

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