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Are self-driving cars the solution to car-accident prevention?

What if there were no more car accidents? This would be an astounding accomplishment, and is often the goal of public safety officials. But how do we accomplish the goal?

Many people might believe that the age of hundreds of thousands of car accidents each year is coming to an end. With many car companies researching and testing driver less cars, many believe these highly technical cars and advanced infrastructure will be the solution to preventing car accidents. The companies that are working to develop such vehicles also say that versions of these cars will be available on the mass market in less than a decade.

While that might sound exciting, the first models will probably require a driver to be on standby, just in case something in the car doesn't work properly, and fully autonomous driving vehicles might not hit the market until 2030.

During the initial introduction of these cars to the market, many legal questions will likely emerge. One major question might be, who is liable it a car is involved in an accident and a driver is not in control?

Because the technology will not be perfect, and there are always glitches with technology and other considerations, if might be many decades before we see absolutely no car accidents in West Virginia and across the country. When a person is involved in a car accident they should understand what their rights are for compensation. If they are injured they shouldn't be stuck with outrageous medical expenses because of another person's negligence.

Source:  NBC News, "Self-driving cars popular by mid-century: study," Paul A. Eisenstein, Jan. 6, 2014

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