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Autopilot systems may be dangerous

On Behalf of | Mar 20, 2020 | Blog, Car Accidents

In Pennsylvania and across the country, there have been numerous instances of car accidents involving vehicles that had some sort of driver-assist system engaged. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, these systems may not do enough to keep drivers alert when they are behind the wheel.

Driver-assist systems have come under regulatory scrutiny as they have not proven to be as safe as drivers are led to believe. One of the main problems is they are so extensive that drivers often believe that their vehicles are self-driving and do not pay any attention at all when driving. The driver-assist may even work when the driver does not have their hands on the wheel, and the system can take no steps to keep the driver focused on the road.

While automakers are trying to make life easier for drivers, it may be counterproductive because these technologies give drivers the ability to do something else while driving. There is a question of whether vehicles should be this helpful; there are certain things that are better for drivers to do themselves because it increases their alertness. Perhaps there are some technologies that go too far and actually make things more dangerous as evidenced by a spate of recent accidents involving cars with driver-assist systems such as Tesla’s Autopilot and Cadillac Super Cruise.

Those who have been hurt in motor vehicle accidents may wish to seek the counsel of a personal injury lawyer. Whether the accident was the fault of the driver behind the wheel or if the driver-assist system was defective, those who have been injured may be able to receive financial compensation for their injuries. A personal injury lawyer might advise a person of their legal rights and explain to them the process of filing a lawsuit for the car accident that has injured them.