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Autonomous cars are being tested on public roads

Self-driving cars may not have hit the public roads in Louisiana yet, but they could be coming soon. Public road tests of autonomous cars are already taking place in Michigan, Florida, California and Nevada. In California, Google's self-driving cars navigate the public roadways in Silicon Valley on a regular basis.

Lawmakers in the majority of U.S. states have not allowed autonomous cars to be tested on public roads partially because of liability issues. If a car with no driver is involved in an accident, many people wonder who will take responsibility for the injuries and property damage. Another inherent problem with autonomous cars is that public safety around them is reliant on accurate mapping. Self-driving cars must have the most up-to-date information on road systems or everyone will be at risk.

Proponents of autonomous cars argue that they will make roads safer by eliminating car accidents that are caused by human error. According to Google Car, about 94 percent of car crashes are caused by some kind of human error. As for the liability issues, autonomous car manufacturers like Volvo, Google and Mercedes-Benz say that they will accept responsibility when one of their self-driving vehicles makes a mistake.

It is not always clear who is at fault in a car accident even when there were no self-driving cars involved. A person who has been injured in a multi-car pile-up or an accident at a busy intersection may want to work with an attorney while pursuing monetary compensation. An attorney may be able to determine which driver holds liability for the accident and then help the victim to file a personal injury claim against that driver's insurance provider.

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