In recent years, incidents involving autonomous vehicles have spotlighted the challenges of integrating this technology into our everyday lives. Despite rigorous testing and continuous improvements, these self-driving machines can sometimes find urban environments challenging to navigate, especially when human factors come into play.
On October 3, 2023, in San Francisco, a woman was severely injured after being thrust into the path of an oncoming autonomous vehicle by a hit-and-run driver. The self-driving car, owned by General Motors’ subsidiary, Cruise, failed to see the young woman, and struck her, pinning her under the vehicle until rescuers saved her.
Another incident occurred in Texas in April 2021, where a fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S showcased the ramifications of autonomous vehicle technology malfunctions. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) started an investigation into the crash, delving into the details surrounding the incident.
Data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveals that in 2022 there were 150 accidents involving an autonomous vehicle and 118 in 2023. A significant portion of these incidents occurred in California, which led the nation with 66% of reported accidents, followed by Arizona with 15%.
As the automotive sector evolves, so does the conversation surrounding the safety and practicality of autonomous vehicles. These incidents are poignant reminders of the road ahead, full of potential yet requiring a cautious and well-considered approach to navigate successfully.
Spagnoletti Law Firm has attorneys licensed in Texas, Florida, New Mexico and New York. We have handled numerous cases involving 18-wheeler accidents in both federal and state court across the country. Our attorneys have extensive experience and the skills needed to aggressively represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives or been seriously injured in a vehicle accident. The experienced attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was involved in an accident involving an autonomous vehicle. Please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or 877-678-5864 to learn more about your legal rights.