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Truck driver crashes into driverless shuttle

Many people in Illinois herald the arrival of driverless vehicles. The number of car and commercial vehicle accidents that happen is increasing every day. Most of them are the cause of driver distractions, errors and recklessness. According to The Science Alert, traffic fatalities could be reduced by as much as 90 percent with autonomous cars. Currently, several states are testing driverless vehicles.

An autonomous shuttle in Las Vegas was carrying eight passengers when a delivery truck struck it. No one was hurt in the incident. The shuttle travels along an approximately 0.6-mile long route. One passenger stated the truck driver kept backing up his vehicle and did not see the shuttle. The shuttle has sensors that notified it to stop. The truck driver’s vehicle did not. There are many factors that may explain why the driver did not stop in time to avoid the collision. 

Driverless cars can help save lives 

Throughout the years, changes in laws, car technology and safety features have slashed the number of people who die in motor vehicle crashes tremendously. According to The Traffic Safety Store, technology is better at improving road safety and reducing road casualties. Common reasons individuals are not as effective at road safety are impairment, reckless, irresponsible driving behaviors and the use of cellphones and other distractions. 

The above situation is just one of several that have occurred across the country since the debut of driverless vehicles. Car accidents are a leading cause of injury and death for motorists and pedestrians. Motorists must undergo education, training and exercise good judgment and responsibility when they are behind their steering wheels. Unfortunately, some drivers take the responsibility of driving too lightly and resort to doing other things that negatively impact everyone’s safety, including their own.

Source: CentralIllinoisProud.com, “Self-driving bus involved in accident on its first day,” Madison Parker, Nov. 09, 2017

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