Will self-driving cars lead to fewer car wrecks?

We have all seen futuristic movies, or maybe that was the Jetsons, where cars fly and/or drive themselves while the humans take care of more important things.

As it turns out, that future may not be so far off — self-driving cars, not flying ones.

What proponents of self-driving cars seem to tout the most is not just the ability to enjoy a full course meal or get some last-minute work done while the car drives itself, but also the idea that these vehicles could cut down on the number of car accidents. In other cases where a car or truck accident did occur, the vehicles could potentially play back what happened, giving valuable information to Dallas car accident attorneys Kirkendall Dwyer LLP.

Though a car that’s fully available to drive itself may be a bit far off, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 does mimic a self-driving car. It can reportedly keep a set distance behind a car in front it, stay centered in the driving lane, and speed up and slow down as needed as long as the driver always keeps one hand on the steering wheel.

But the question is, can these vehicles stop a car wreck from happening? Some statistics say advanced features are already working. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has reported a 7 percent decrease in car accidents for cars with one collision warning system and a 14 to 15 percent decrease due to automatic braking. As the systems get more sophisticated, those numbers may get higher.

We’re not at the point yet, however, where a really smart car can avoid car wrecks for you or can tell the car accident lawyer what happened if you get in one, so drive smart for yourself and call Kirkendall Dwyer LLP if you run into trouble.

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