Auto Injuries Could Rise With Self-Driving Cars

A new report reveals that drivers entrust too much premature faith in automated driving technology.

According to the Canadian-based Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF), many drivers overestimate the abilities of the emerging technology for so-called self-driving cars. As a result, Canadian drivers are trusting the safety and reliability of these self-driving vehicles too much.

These findings reflect what appears to be a gap between expectations and reality, says TIRF president Robyn Robertson.

Robertson highlights that many self-driving cars beginning to hit the roads on Canadian streets aren’t actually fully automated; instead, they are “semi-automated vehicles” that allow for manual takeovers in situations for which human input is likely more appropriate—and safer—than what the technology can provide.

Such situations include unexpected moments on the road during dangerous driving conditions or when abrupt actions of nearby passengers, bicyclists or other drivers occur. TIRF maintains that driver intervention can better react to these sorts of circumstances better than the technology of semi-automated vehicles.

However, too many people falsely equate semi-automated vehicles with full automation, conditioning them to take unnecessary risks behind the wheel. A willingness to take extra risks when driving with semi-automated vehicles increases the odds of car accidents and personal-injury accidents.

As more semi-autonomous vehicles and self-driving cars begin to hit the streets here in Metro Vancouver, personal injury and motor-vehicle accidents are bound to occur. If you are victimized in such a tragic occurrence, you’ll want trusted advocates on your side to fight for your rights and protect your well-being. Contact BLW Lawyers immediately—we are experienced and well-trained in personal-injury insurance law involving accidents with motor vehicles. Call us today at 604-689-3883 or email us at for more information.

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