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Driverless cars may take awhile

Many North Carolina motorists are likely aware of the development of driverless cars. Once operational, the cars may make the roads safer by eliminating the risks caused by negligent, impaired or reckless drivers. In addition, individuals with disabilities or who are otherwise unable to drive would have significantly more mobility.

However, the dream of self-driving cars has not yet been realized, and if safety experts have their way, it will be a while before they are commonplace. While some car developers and politicians are eager to get these automobiles on the road for testing, there has been a call for slowing down this process. Those who recommend a more cautious approach have cited concerns that the cars are not yet road safe.

Those advocating restrictions on testing are asking that automobile makers certify their vehicles before permitting tests on public roads. Industry lobbyists, on the other hand, are concerned that delays may result in the U.S. falling behind other countries in the manufacture and operation of driverless cars.

While there are good arguments on both sides, it is generally agreed that there is an absolute need for improved road safety in the United States. In 2016, there were over 40,000 fatalities and 2 million injuries resulting from car accidents. The long-term repercussions of these incidents cannot be overstated. Not only have people lost their lives, families have lost loved ones and those who survive accidents may have difficulty with ongoing pain and disability. People who have been injured in car accidents caused by another driver who was distracted, impaired or otherwise negligent may want to have the help of an experienced attorney in seeking appropriate compensation.

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