November 20, 2019 Feature

Can States Steer Clear of Liability for Accidents Involving Autonomous Vehicle Technology?

By Gail L. Gottehrer and Ronald J. Hedges

The societal benefits of autonomous vehicle technology are made clear by statistics that show that almost 40,000 people die in automobile accidents in the United States each year, and that 94 percent of those accidents are the result of human error. Autonomous vehicle technology has the potential to dramatically reduce the number of accidents and the number of associated fatalities and injuries because, simply put, computers don’t get intoxicated or tired, text while driving, or engage in any of the numerous other dangerous behaviors that human drivers do.

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