Although studies show different numbers, these studies suggest that self-driving cars will reduce vehicular accidents. Since self-driving cars are not yet able to influence accident numbers, let’s review the accident data as it presently exists.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 37,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in 2016, an increase of 5.6 percent from calendar year 2015. Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council indicate that this trend will basically stay level considering 2017.
The graph below depicts fatal crash data for 2016.
However, the lessons garnered from this data are clear. If you are working on a vehicular accident investigation that isn’t clear, CED has “ACTAR” certified (Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstructionists) on staff to assist you. If you’d like to speak with one of our experts about a vehicular accident, call CED at 800-780-4221 or contact us here.
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