Louisiana drivers might be interested to learn that self-driving vehicles are currently involved in twice as many car accidents as traditional vehicles that are driven by humans. The problem is that driverless cars obey traffic laws without exception. Because there are many human drivers who travel faster than posted speed limits, self-driving vehicles are often rear-ended.
While they are statistically involved in more crashes, driverless vehicles have actually never caused an accident. A study from the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute found that self-driving cars are rear-ended in accidents caused by aggressive or inattentive drivers. On Nov. 2, for example, a Google driverless vehicle was hit as it attempted to make a right turn at a red light. The car was creeping forward to get a better look to make a safe turn when the vehicle behind hit it going just 4 miles an hour.
Google is reportedly attempting to make its vehicles more aggressive to better fit traffic patterns. Even though the cars are already being designed to act more like human drivers, other drivers are still often surprised at just how quick the cars can react. For example, self-driving cars can take other drivers off guard by coming to an abrupt halt when they sense pedestrians.
If a person gets injured after being involved in a rear-end accident or a crash that was caused by a careless driver, they may file a personal injury claim. Depending on the situation, an attorney may gather evidence to demonstrate that the injured person sustained damages. The damages could potentially include expensive medical bills, damage to the vehicle and lost income.