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Can self-driving cars save us from rising car accident deaths?

The dawning of self-driving cars has been predicted for a long time now. It isn't so much that the dawning will never come, but it is taking a lot longer to develop and safely deploy these vehicles than anyone thought. It appears that we are very close to that seemingly far-off future from becoming our present.

But as we wait for these autonomous vehicles to be widely available for purchase and use, there are thousands and thousands of car accidents happening all across the country -- many of which occur because of human error. If it feels like road safety isn't getting better, then that feeling would be justified according to new data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The 2015 data shows that car accident deaths are actually on the rise. In 2015, 35,092 people died in auto accidents, marking a 7.2 percent increase from 2014. Roughly 96 people died everyday in car accidents in 2015, while another 6,700 suffered injuries. If that isn't enough, the 7.2 percent increase in car accidents from 2014 to 2015 marked the largest increase in the statistic in nearly 50 years.

There are a lot of problems that need to get sorted out on our roads. Hopefully self-driving cars can take us a step in the right direction.

Until then though, victims of auto accidents need to carefully consider their legal position and discuss their case with a lawyer. If negligence was involved, the at-fault party could be held responsible.

Source: iii.org, "Auto Crashes," Accessed Aug. 4, 2017

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