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Does self-driving car testing place Texas drivers at risk?

by | Apr 3, 2018 | Blog |

Texas readers know that self-driving technology is rapidly developing, with many companies already testing their models of computer-operated cars. While this may be exciting news for some, others have fears that these vehicles will not be completely safe. These fears may grow after the news of a recent fatal accident involving a pedestrian and a self-driving Uber vehicle.

This accident, while it did not take place in Texas, may give readers cause for concern. Despite this recent accident, there is still self-driving testing underway throughout the Lone Star State. This accident causes many to wonder if companies should pause the testing phase and if states should halt programs they have supported.

Is it a danger to you and your family?

With distracted driving and other types of human error leading to increasing numbers of car accidents, there are some experts who believe that self-driving vehicles could actually make the roads safer in the future. However, there are serious issues over the safety of these vehicles operating themselves without human intervention. Consider the following:

  • In this recent accident, a woman was walking across the street in front of the path of a self-driving Uber vehicle.
  • Despite the sensors and other hazard recognition technology, the vehicle still hit the pedestrian, resulting in her death.
  • Proponents of self-driving technology say there are risks with any new technology, and this accident should not cause fear over this potentially beneficial advance.
  • While state officials are still following the investigation into this accident closely, there are no plans to halt the program underway in the state.

Like many others, you may have concerns over how this technology will affect you and whether or not it will lead to a higher chance for accidents. It is too early to tell whether these vehicles will make the roads safer, but in the meantime, people are still accountable for their actions and decisions that cause harm to others.

Knowing your rights

If you were hurt in an accident involving a distracted driver, a self-driving vehicle or caused by another reason, you have the right to know your legal options. It is possible you have grounds to move forward with a civil claim.

A complete evaluation of your case will determine whether or not you could secure compensation through a civil claim. Whether you are unsure if you have a case or want to know how to get started, it is always helpful to know your legal options.