For a few years now, Google has been developing technology for self-driving cars. Generally, these cars are extremely safe, equipped with sensors and cameras to monitor traffic and respond as a human would -- if not better. But accidents in California involving these cars has been on the rise; yet, it seems humans are the source of the problem.
A Google self-driving car was driving with three passengers behind two cars as it approached an intersection. Though the light was green, the lead car came to a stop. The next car and the self-driving car came to a stop as well. But, a car behind them did not see that traffic stop and smashed into the self-driving car at 17 miles per hour.
The three passengers in the Google car suffered minor whiplash and were treated at a hospital, and the offending driver complained of back and neck pain. The bumper of the offending car fell off, and the self-driving car's bumper was also damaged. More importantly, this was the first time human injury has occurred with a Google car.
The Google executive in charge of the self-driving program noted that car accidents with their driverless cars are becoming more and more common. He stated that the most common culprit is human error, typically a distracted driver. In fact, the driverless technology has not caused any accidents on its own.
Whether with a self-driving car or with a human, if you have been in a car accident, it may be beneficial to contact a personal injury attorney. They may be able to help you claim damages in the event of serious injury or other circumstances.
Source: RT, "Google's self-driving car in first accident involving injury, passengers suffer whiplash," Staff Reports, July 17, 2015