Will Public Health Benefit from Driverless Cars?
Posted 04/06/2017

Will Public Health Benefit from Driverless Cars?

Public health experts from various universities, including Johns Hopkins and Drexel University, believe autonomous vehicles will positively affect public health.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 30,000 people are killed on U.S. roadways each year.

Janet Fleetwood, a professor of Community Health and Prevention at Drexel University, predicts autonomous vehicles could dramatically “reduce traffic fatalities by up to 90%, by eliminating the accidents caused by human error.”

With the potential to reduce the number of auto accidents, Fleetwood suggests public health professionals to keep up with the advancement of driverless vehicles and actively engage in the discussion of this technology.

Recently, Uber suspended its driverless car programs in Arizona and Pennsylvania after an accident involving one of its autonomous cars. However, the human driver of the other vehicle caused the collision when he failed to obey traffic law.

Because the autonomous vehicle technology is still in its testing phase, there is no definite data supporting it will improve the public health.

With this new automotive advancements, you may be unsure who to hold accountable if an accident occurs. Whether from the automaker or the driverless vehicle owner, you have every right to recover damages after an accident.

At Bergener Mirejovsky, our skilled car accident lawyers have the experience needed to confidently negotiate driverless car cases. While the autonomous technology may be new, our dedication to helping you get back on your feet remains the same. Give us a call at 1-800-881-2021 for a free consultation 24 hours a day 7 days a week.