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Why the media isn't to blame for accident coverage

Florida residents may have heard about recent serious and fatal crashes involving self-driving cars. For some people, these reports could have caused some doubt as to whether they would ever want to ride in one. However, other individuals believe that crashes caused by semiautonomous vehicles are covered more closely than those caused by vehicles driven by humans are. According to Elon Musk, there was one accident for every 320 million miles driven by a Tesla.

Musk says that this compares to one accident per 86 million miles by every other vehicle. While these figures may be true, it is worthwhile to understand that there are fewer Tesla vehicles on the road. Furthermore, it is justifiable that the media would give more scrutiny to a new technology that has yet to deliver on its promise of safer roads. When it works properly, the Autopilot feature that Tesla has created is innovative and may reduce the risk of an accident.

However, if a vehicle is involved in an accident, it is important to know why. For instance, one crash occurred because a driver was using a phone while the vehicle was in autonomous mode. Instead of being asked to be left alone, it may be better for industry leaders to develop ways to confront issues raised by these situations.

If a negligent driver causes a car accident, he or she is generally liable for any damages incurred. Examples of negligence include distracted or impaired driving. These damages could be hospital bills or other medical costs, lost wages and lost future earnings if an individual cannot work. If a minor is permanently injured, that person may be entitled to lost future earnings as well. An attorney may review evidence in a case to determine if negligence played a role in its cause.

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