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Driverless Vehicles May Put The Brakes On Accident Suits

Law360, New York (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.)

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