Over the past few years, the advent of self-driving cars has brought much controversy and conversation regarding the safety of the technology. While early versions of self-driving technology have presented some challenges, it is expected that self-driving technology will continue to improve. However, the widespread use of self-driving technology presents both legal and practical questions.
The primary concern with self-driving technology is the safety of those on the road, including motorcyclists. Currently, motorcyclists are disproportionately represented in statistics recording fatal accidents. While motorcyclists account for only 1% of the population of drivers, they account for 14% of all traffic deaths. However, according to one industry news report, as the self-driving technology becomes more popular in newer models of vehicles, the dangers for motorcyclists may decrease.
The article uses left-turn accidents as an example. Left-turn accidents currently account for roughly 1,000 motorcyclist deaths per year, but these accidents rarely involve any fault on the part of the motorcyclist. In fact, most of these accidents are due to a driver either failing to see the motorcycle or failing to properly judge the speed at which the motorcycle is approaching. However, with self-driving technology, it will be possible for the two vehicles to “communicate” with each other, eliminating the chance that the car’s operator is unaware of an approaching motorcycle. Additionally, sophisticated algorithms will determine the speed at which an oncoming vehicle is approaching and prevent a motorist from pulling in front of a motorcycle, decreasing the risk of an accident.
To be sure, there are many legal implications of self-driving technology as well, such as who can be held responsible when an accident does occur. However, as with most other safety technology, the hope is that it will become more and more helpful as the technology is refined.
Maryland Motorcycle Accidents
Recovering after a Maryland motorcycle accident involves more than mending the physical wounds. Most motorcycle accident victims are left with significant medical bills, which are compounded by the fact that the victim has had to take time off from work. Thankfully, Maryland law allows motorcycle accident victims to seek financial compensation from the person or people responsible for causing their injuries. Contact a dedicated Maryland personal injury attorney to discuss your case and the rights you may have related to financial recovery.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Motorcycle Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been a victim of a Maryland motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Depending on the facts surrounding the accident and the extent of your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for your past and future medical expenses, lost wages and any decrease in earning capacity, and any pain and suffering you endured as a result of the accident. Call 410-654-3600 today to set up a free consultation with a dedicated Maryland motorcycle accident attorney. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless and until we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
More Blog Posts:
Drunk Driving Accidents and the Presumption of Negligence, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published October 6, 2016.
Drunk Driving Accidents and Negligence Per Se, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published September 22, 2016.