How Emerging Technology Will Change Driving

crash5By now most people are familiar with the concept of self-driving cars, however, few are aware of the legal and safety implications this new technology presents. Companies like Alphabet, Inc. (Google’s parent company) and Tesla are leading the way in self-driving vehicles–more formally known as autonomous driving. While statistically far safer than human operated vehicles, many people are still very apprehensive about the idea of releasing the wheel and letting a computer take over. Part of the reason for this fear is due to the widespread media coverage of any crash an autonomous vehicle is involved in.

Autonomous Driving & The Law

 In the near future, autonomous driving vehicles will begin to sweep across the nation. With heavyweight corporations investing large amounts of time and resources in self-driving programs it is only a matter of time until we see widespread fully developed autonomous vehicles. With these developments must come adequate a new legal framework to support this developing segment of transportation that society will partake in. As of 2016, only six states in the country have passed legislation regulating autonomous driving. In the coming years is Georgia is expected to pass its own legislation as the state house of representatives passed House Resolution 1265 in 2014 which laid the foundation for the development of a House of Representatives committee on self-driving vehicles.

What Happens If A Self-Driving Car Crashes?

In an attempt to deflect blame from any potential accident, automobile manufactures that produce self-driving vehicles notify their drivers that they must remain under control and free from distractions when their vehicle is in autonomous driving mode. This brings about the question as to what will happen if the vehicle involved in the crash is fully autonomous? Should a person be held liable if there vehicle crashes on its own? These and many more pertinent questions result from this new technology. As of this point, the legal framework has yet to be solidified as to who will typically assume fault in these situations, but manufacturers are doing everything in their power to emphasize that the vehicle’s “driver” is always in control regardless of if they are actually operating the vehicle.

What About Car Insurance?

The next issue that must be handled is how exactly will autonomous vehicles be insured? If it is ultimately determined that automotive manufacturers are at fault when a self-driving vehicle crashes then the car insurance industry will go through a major overhaul. If it is proven over a longer period of time that self-driving cars are significantly safer, individuals will surely be looking for a decrease in insurance premiums. This reality may send great reverberations through the insurance industry.

Need Help?

Regardless of the vehicle you drive, automobile accidents are a common occurrence in life. Unfortunately, an accident can greatly alter the course of one’s life and can cause great health, financial, and social hardships. Unfortunately, following an accident the insurance companies will be doing everything in their power to discredit your situation in an attempt to compensate you as minimally as possible. Fortunately, an experienced personal injury attorney can stand by your side against the insurance company and fight for the true compensation you deserve. If you have been involved in an accident, do not delay, contact Anthony Overton Van Johnson & Associates, P.C. today.  (678) 882-7355.  E-mail:

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