Call Anytime. 24/7

Get help now

(888) 612-7001
  • Please enter your name.
  • This isn't a valid email address.
    Please enter your email address.
  • This isn't a valid phone number.
    Please enter your phone number.
  • Please enter a message.
By submitting my information I confirm that I have read the disclaimer below.
*Any information sent to George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers through this website may not be secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis. Transmission of information from this website does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, nor is it intended to do so.
Self-Driving Cars Can Get Into Car Accidents, Too

Self-Driving Cars Can Get Into Car Accidents, Too

| Dec 8, 2014

The future is now: driverless cars are now closer than ever to becoming a reality for the American driver. Once merely the stuff of science fiction, driverless cars will redefine what it means to “drive.” Imagine: those who cannot drive themselves can enjoy greater freedom and mobility. Commuters can regain time that was once lost sitting in traffic. Countless accidents can be avoided simply by sitting back and letting your vehicle handle everything.

Emerging at the forefront of the race for self-driving technology are Google, Apple, and Uber, with the latter two keeping their plans largely mum until the time is right to release their prototypes. Currently, Google is testing prototypes in California and Texas of “Level 3” vehicles, a designation requiring humans to take over automated steering with a comfortable transition time. Level 4 vehicles will be designed to be fully autonomous. So far, legislation has been passed in four U.S. states (CA, NV, MI, and FL) and Washington, D.C. concerning driverless cars.

How do they work? Self-driving vehicles are designed to navigate through city streets and highways using a combination of sensors, GPS tracking, radar, and special software that allows the vehicles to react to traffic signals and signs. Unlike human drivers, cars that drive themselves eliminate factors like distraction, aggressive driving, or intoxicated driving.

The legality of these vehicles, however, remains ambiguous, as questions about what constitutes a “driver” and various other ethical considerations are still up in the air. For instance, who can be blamed when a self-driving car causes an accident? As Google’s autonomous vehicles have already been involved in 13 “minor” accidents this year, one of which involved a self-driving vehicle in manual steering mode, this question is an important one when it comes to liability. Currently, there are no testing regulations in place for autonomous vehicles, so the details behind how and why these accidents occurred are still not fully understood.

South Carolinians Shape & Respond to Autonomous Vehicle Technology

Here’s what South Carolina has been up to on the topic of driverless cars:

  • Just this summer, the city of Greenville, SC has approved financial backing for engineering students at Bob Jones University to create a prototype for a self-driving golf cart to be used as a campus shuttle (you can read more about this story here).
  • A University of South Carolina student addressed this topic in an article entitled “Sue My Car Not Me: Products Liability and Accidents Involving Autonomous Vehicles.” The student points out that no technology is perfect, and that accidents are inevitable. But, he adds that forcing people to accept liability in the event of a car malfunction defeats the very purpose of the technology.

Who Can Be Blamed When There Are No Hands on the Wheel?

Pioneers of driverless vehicles are fond of touting the statistic that 94 percent of accidents in the United States involve human error, largely because their vehicles are expected to save millions of lives each year by eliminating the human element of car accidents. However, the concern is that self-driving cars will lull users into a false sense of security that nothing can ever go wrong, when the fact is that, much like autopilot on an aircraft, safe use depends to some degree on a human’s knowledge and monitoring of car systems.

Even the most technologically-advanced self-driving vehicles can malfunction, and if a user is not aware of which systems are or are not engaged, or how to override the vehicle, the potential for accidents still exists.

Categories: Auto Accidents
Blog Home

Greenville

Google

Rate our firm and describe your experience, once you are done filling out your review click on publish.

Have a google account or Gmail? Click here and share your experience with George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers!

Avvo

Rollover stars, fill out your review and let us know if you would recommend Mr. Sink to others.

Avvo is a legal website that helps people find qualified attorneys in their area. You can help others who were once in your shoes by leaving a review for Attorney Sink on Avvo!

Yelp

Roll over stars, click to rate and leave your review.

Are you a Yelper? George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is on Yelp! Feel free to stop by a leave us a review.

Yellow Pages

Click on the reviews button located next to business details and start filling out your review.

We’re thankful for having been able to help over 30,000 South Carolinians. If you enjoyed working with us, visit Yellow Pages to tell others what it was like to work with our firm.

Walterboro

Google

Google

Rate our firm and describe your experience, once you are done filling out your review click on publish.

Have a google account or Gmail? Click here and share your experience with George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers!
Avvo

Avvo

Rollover stars, fill out your review and let us know if you would recommend Mr. Sink to others.

Avvo is a legal website that helps people find qualified attorneys in their area. You can help others who were once in your shoes by leaving a review for Attorney Sink on Avvo!
Yelp

Yelp

Roll over stars, click to rate and leave your review.

Are you a Yelper? George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is on Yelp! Feel free to stop by a leave us a review.
Yellow Pages

Yellow Pages

Click on the reviews button located next to business details and start filling out your review.
We’re thankful for having been able to help over 30,000 South Carolinians. If you enjoyed working with us, visit Yellow Pages to tell others what it was like to work with our firm.

Florence

Google

Google

Rate our firm and describe your experience, once you are done filling out your review click on publish.

Have a google account or Gmail? Click here and share your experience with George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers!
Avvo

Avvo

Rollover stars, fill out your review and let us know if you would recommend Mr. Sink to others.

Avvo is a legal website that helps people find qualified attorneys in their area. You can help others who were once in your shoes by leaving a review for Attorney Sink on Avvo!
Yelp

Yelp

Roll over stars, click to rate and leave your review.

Are you a Yelper? George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is on Yelp! Feel free to stop by a leave us a review.
Yellow Pages

Yellow Pages

Click on the reviews button located next to business details and start filling out your review.
We’re thankful for having been able to help over 30,000 South Carolinians. If you enjoyed working with us, visit Yellow Pages to tell others what it was like to work with our firm.

Myrtle Beach

Google

Google

Rate our firm and describe your experience, once you are done filling out your review click on publish.

Have a google account or Gmail? Click here and share your experience with George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers!
Avvo

Avvo

Rollover stars, fill out your review and let us know if you would recommend Mr. Sink to others.

Avvo is a legal website that helps people find qualified attorneys in their area. You can help others who were once in your shoes by leaving a review for Attorney Sink on Avvo!
Yelp!

Yelp!

Roll over stars, click to rate and leave your review.

Are you a Yelper? George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is on Yelp! Feel free to stop by a leave us a review.
Yellow Pages

Yellow Pages

Click on the reviews button located next to business details and start filling out your review.
We’re thankful for having been able to help over 30,000 South Carolinians. If you enjoyed working with us, visit Yellow Pages to tell others what it was like to work with our firm.

Moncks Corner

Google

Google

Rate our firm and describe your experience, once you are done filling out your review click on publish.

Have a google account or Gmail? Click here and share your experience with George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers!
Avvo

Avvo

Rollover stars, fill out your review and let us know if you would recommend Mr. Sink to others.

Avvo is a legal website that helps people find qualified attorneys in their area. You can help others who were once in your shoes by leaving a review for Attorney Sink on Avvo!
Yelp

Yelp

Roll over stars, click to rate and leave your review.

Are you a Yelper? George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is on Yelp! Feel free to stop by a leave us a review.
Yellow Pages

Yellow Pages

Click on the reviews button located next to business details and start filling out your review.
We’re thankful for having been able to help over 30,000 South Carolinians. If you enjoyed working with us, visit Yellow Pages to tell others what it was like to work with our firm.

Orangeburg

Google

Google

Rate our firm and describe your experience, once you are done filling out your review click on publish.

Have a google account or Gmail? Click here and share your experience with George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers!
Avvo

Avvo

Rollover stars, fill out your review and let us know if you would recommend Mr. Sink to others.

Avvo is a legal website that helps people find qualified attorneys in their area. You can help others who were once in your shoes by leaving a review for Attorney Sink on Avvo!
Yelp

Yelp

Roll over stars, click to rate and leave your review.

Are you a Yelper? George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is on Yelp! Feel free to stop by a leave us a review.
Yellow Pages

Yellow Pages

Click on the reviews button located next to business details and start filling out your review.
We’re thankful for having been able to help over 30,000 South Carolinians. If you enjoyed working with us, visit Yellow Pages to tell others what it was like to work with our firm.

Columbia

Google

Google

Rate our firm and describe your experience, once you are done filling out your review click on publish.

Have a google account or Gmail? Click here and share your experience with George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers!
Avvo

Avvo

Rollover stars, fill out your review and let us know if you would recommend Mr. Sink to others.

Avvo is a legal website that helps people find qualified attorneys in their area. You can help others who were once in your shoes by leaving a review for Attorney Sink on Avvo!
Yelp

Yelp

Roll over stars, click to rate and leave your review.

Are you a Yelper? George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is on Yelp! Feel free to stop by a leave us a review.
Yellow Pages

Yellow Pages

Click on the reviews button located next to business details and start filling out your review.
We’re thankful for having been able to help over 30,000 South Carolinians. If you enjoyed working with us, visit Yellow Pages to tell others what it was like to work with our firm.

Anderson

Google

Google

Rate our firm and describe your experience, once you are done filling out your review click on publish.

Have a google account or Gmail? Click here and share your experience with George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers!
Avvo

Avvo

Rollover stars, fill out your review and let us know if you would recommend Mr. Sink to others.

Avvo is a legal website that helps people find qualified attorneys in their area. You can help others who were once in your shoes by leaving a review for Attorney Sink on Avvo!
Yelp!

Yelp!

Roll over stars, click to rate and leave your review.

Are you a Yelper? George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is on Yelp! Feel free to stop by a leave us a review.

Spartanburg

Google

Google

Rate our firm and describe your experience, once you are done filling out your review click on publish.

Have a google account or Gmail? Click here and share your experience with George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers!
Avvo

Avvo

Rollover stars, fill out your review and let us know if you would recommend Mr. Sink to others.

Avvo is a legal website that helps people find qualified attorneys in their area. You can help others who were once in your shoes by leaving a review for Attorney Sink on Avvo!
Yelp!

Yelp!

Roll over stars, click to rate and leave your review.

Are you a Yelper? George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is on Yelp! Feel free to stop by a leave us a review.