Are Humans the Cause of Car Accidents Involving Autonomous Vehicles?

October 28, 2018
Posted on: October 28, 2018
Author: Ramey Law P.C.
Photo of Two Cars in a Head On Collision

Self-driving cars, or autonomous vehicles, have become the newest technological craze in recent years. Many potential consumers are still concerned about the safety technology associated with autonomous driving modes. Studies in California have recently shown, however, that humans were mostly at fault in the majority of self-driving accidents that occurred.

How Are Humans Responsible in Self-Driving Car Accidents?

The study, which was conducted by Axios, spans from 2012 to 2018. It found that when the self-driving cars were in their autonomous mode, 38 incidents occurred while the vehicle was moving, and in all but one of the cases, the accidents were caused by humans. Axios also concluded that there were 24 accidents that involved the autonomous mode being on and the vehicle stopping. This means they were not directly caused by autonomous technology. If the cars were in conventional mode, which permits complete human interaction, only six of the 19 accidents when the cars were in motion were caused by self-driving technology.

The study highlights what we can expect from this technology in the future. Transportation is quickly evolving to include self-driving technology, and auto industries are relying on it to advance their future market. Drivers are still hesitant to use vehicles that drive themselves and don’t allow for easy control over their movements. However, the study strongly suggests that humans are still the biggest issue. There needs to be a certain level of trust between driver and autonomous vehicle in order to ensure there are no unnecessary attempts at controlling the advanced technology and causing an accident.

California is one of the first states to allow self-driving, or autonomous vehicles, on major roads. If you have been involved in any type of car accident, you should immediately speak with a personal injury attorney at Ramey Law P.C. Contact us today for your free and confidential consultation.