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After car accidents, autonomous car testing suspended

Uber has suspended the testing of autonomous vehicles in the state of Pennsylvania. While the technology may ultimately make roads safer, two recent, high-profile car accidents have shown that such vehicles may not be ready for travel on public streets and highways. State governments and the companies who built the vehicles appear to concur, as they've been pulled off the roads.

In two separate incidents last month, semi-autonomous cars killed people in two different states. On March 18, an autonomous vehicle that was owned and operated by Uber hit a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. There was a "safety driver" behind the wheel of the vehicle at the time of the accident, however the driver failed to react. The injuries that the victim sustained were fatal.

On March 23, a Tesla SUV that was operating in semiautonomous mode crashed into a barrier on a highway near Mountain View, California. The driver, who was behind the wheel, was killed. In both cases, the driver was in a position to take control of the vehicle and avert the accident. Yet, both failed to do so. As much as these accidents illustrate that the technology needs further refinement, they highlight the tendency of humans to become complacent and rely too heavily on technology.

Whether an accident is the fault of a semi-autonomous vehicle or the driver behind the wheel, the victims of such a crash may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, property damage and any other losses they may incur - such as medical bills and wage loss - due to the accident. The best way for an accident victim to recover that to which they are entitled is to seek the advice of an experienced attorney, such as those at The Law Firm of Leisawitz Heller. The help of a seasoned lawyer can help your case succeed.

Source: Philly Voice, "Uber suspends autonomous vehicle testing in Pennsylvania, other states," Michael Tanenbaum, March 27, 2018

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