Driverless Vehicles May Put The Brakes On Accident Suits

By Peter Hart (May 19, 2017, 11:19 AM EDT) -- For companies with drivers on the payroll, the shift to fully autonomous vehicles could usher in massive reductions in potential liability. After all, driver error is the leading cause of accidents on U.S. roadways.

Simply put, bad decisions by human drivers are to blame for everything from innocuous fender benders to nightmarish fatal collisions. (Last year, an estimated 40,200 people died in traffic accidents across the United States; many observers cited a quintessentially human misstep — distracted driving — as a significant factor.)

When perfected forms of autonomous driving technology replace error-prone human drivers, many are betting that businesses such as...

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