Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: Autonomous Cars and Crash PreventionJanuary 25, 2017
According to experts in the automotive field, speeding is almost always a factor in car accidents. The faster a person is driving, the less time they have to react if they must come to a stop quickly. With the rise of autonomous vehicles, and the ability to control the cars’ speed on city streets, it is possible that this could make the roads safer, not only for drivers, but for pedestrians and cyclists as well.
According to Corinne Kisner, director of policy at the National Association of City Transportation Officials, there is an undeniable connection between speed and safety. The group recently requested that all autonomous vehicles be limited to 25 mph in urban areas. The technology is available to do this, and it could save millions of dollars in damages and medical expenses, not to mention the lives that could be saved.
Those opposed to these restrictive speed limits are resistant because they like their freedom, according to Jeffrey Wishart, automotive systems professor at Arizona State. They do not like the idea of having their control taken away. However, when you consider the fact that a pedestrian is eight times more likely to be fatally injured after being hit by a car going 30 mph as opposed to a car going 20 mph, these imposed speed limits can have significant safety implications.
While cities like Seattle and Boston are acting by reducing speed limits on city streets and in residential areas, drivers often exceed these speed limits. In addition, many drivers are purchasing larger cars that are safer in the event of a high-speed wreck. Autonomous vehicles provide a potential solution to the problem of high-speed crashes, but it is not yet entirely clear whether the general public is ready for such a change.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Injured Victims
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident where the driver was speeding, our Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton are on your side and will fight for your right to fair compensation. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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