As self-driving cars become more popular, you may assume that faulty technology is the cause of a lot of Florida car accidents. However, this is simply not the case. Human error is still the leading cause of car accidents even when it comes to self-driving cars. If you or someone close to you has been injured in an auto accident that was not your fault, you need to reach out to a seasoned Miami injury attorney who can assess the merits of your case. At The Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are committed to getting you the compensation you deserve for your harm.
Computers may be better drivers than humans after all. In a study of automobile incident reports in California, Axios discovered that humans were to blame for the vast majority of collisions on the road. The study, which examined cases from 2014 through 2018, determined that when self-driving cars were in autonomous mode and driving on their own, 38 incidents took place. In each of these accidents except for one, the accidents were the result of human error.
The study also revealed that there were 24 incidents when autonomous mode was on and the vehicle was stopped, none of which were caused by the self-driving technology. Even when the vehicles were in conventional mode (i.e., permitting human interaction), only six of the 19 accidents when the cars were moving were the result of self-driving technology.
In a 2016 report, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that human error was the main cause of the vast majority of auto accidents. In a study involving more than two million crashes, the NHTSA found that, in about 94 percent of them, a misstep by one of the drivers was the “critical reason” for the accident.
If you were injured by a negligent driver in Florida, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, as well as other damages. Every case is different so the specific amount of compensation you will be entitled to will depend on the nature and extent of the harm suffered.
Before any compensation can be recovered, however, negligence must be established. Under Florida law, negligence is the failure to exercise the degree of reasonable care expected of someone in order to minimize the risk of harm to another person. In other words, negligence occurs when a person fails to use the level of care and caution that a reasonably competent person would have used in the same or similar circumstances, thereby causing an accident and injury to another. This legal theory serves as the basis for the majority of personal injury cases, including car accidents.
Florida has its fair share of accidents and they can occur for a variety of reasons. If you have been injured or your loved one has been killed in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, we can help. At The Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our seasoned Miami accident attorneys are dedicated to protecting your rights every step of the way. To learn more about your legal rights and options, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or reach out to us online
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