Florida readers are likely aware of the fact that there are many companies racing to be the first to widely produce and sell self-driving vehicles. These types of vehicles will operate by computers and other technology, allowing occupants to travel from one place to another without actually driving the car. There are many who have grave concerns about the safety of these vehicles.

Distracted driving is one of the main causes of concern for Florida drivers, and it greatly increases the chance of a car accident. Experts believe self-driving vehicles will lower the chance of accidents caused by distraction and other driver errors. Like others, you may be wondering how soon you can expect self-operating cars to be sharing the road with you.

What does the future of transportation look like for you?

Most people acknowledge that self-driving vehicles are the transportation of the future. You will almost certainly be sharing the road with them within the next few years. Some suggest as many as 10 million could be on the road by the year 2020. While you may be able to see the benefits of these vehicles, you may have concerns as well. Consider the following:

  • According to surveys, as many as 63 percent of people have fears about riding in self-driving cars.
  • At least half of people surveyed said they would never choose to ride in this type of vehicle.
  • A large majority of people has reservations about the safety of these vehicles and what it could mean for their own personal safety. 

Self-driving cars will hopefully reduce the chances of accidents, but you still have the right to know how to protect yourself and your interests. No matter the type of vehicle or the reason for the accident, if you are a victim, you have the right to explore legal options available to you.

Your rights and interests

It is possible you may have a valid claim to financial compensation after an accident. A complete evaluation of your case can help you understand this option and allow you to move forward with a civil claim, if appropriate. Accident claims can be complex and confusing, but you do not have to walk through it alone. 

Many accident victims find it helpful to seek assistance as soon as possible after an accident in order to preserve their interests and protect their right to financial recovery.