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How safe are autonomous vehicles?

Posted at 1:48 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 15:48:22-04

How safe are autonomous vehicle? Personal Injury Attorney Craig Swapp says generally speaking, they are safe, otherwise states would not permit their use in certain situations.

However, Swapp says it's important to understand that there are very few fully automated vehicles on the road, the majority of them are vehicles with high or partial automation and these vehicles, while safe, require the attention of the passengers.

According to a survey from the American Automobile Association (AAA) about 71 percent of Americans say they don't trust self driving cars.

Swapp says, "There was an incident in South Jordan involving a person driving a Tesla. She had the vehicle in autopilot mode, so the car was driving itself. According to the news story, unfortunately she was looking at her phone when her Tesla slammed into the back of a an emergency response vehicle at 60mph. The car was destroyed, and miraculously the driver only suffered a broken foot."

Responding to the accident, Tesla released a statement to The Salt Lake Tribune, reminding drivers that even in autopilot mode the passenger still needs to be alert and able to react to changes in driving conditions.

If you've been injured by an autonomous vehicle you can call Craig Swapp & Associates for help at 1-800-404-9000 or find them online: craigswapp.com.