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Are Self-Driving Trucks Safe for Public Roads?

Although self-driving trucks and tractor-trailers may not be hitting the road large-scale any time soon, they are currently being tested. These vehicles, which will operate in a way that is similar to driverless cars, may cause serious disruption to the trucking industry. This is because once the technology is perfected, it will not require drivers to operate. In addition, the advent of these new trucks on public roads may create additional safety hazards and may bring about lawsuits against manufacturers and others for technology defects that lead to motor vehicle collisions.

Truck accidents can lead to serious and debilitating injuries, like traumatic head injuries, bone fractures, and soft tissue injuries. If you or a person you love has been injured in a truck accident, the skilled New Jersey truck accident attorneys at Leonard Legal Group are ready to help you pursue the compensation you need. Call us today to find out more about how we can help you pursue monetary compensation for the injuries that you suffered in your New Jersey truck accident.

How Do Self-Driving Trucks Work?

Self-driving trucks are very similar to the self-driving cars that are currently being put out by Tesla and other prominent car manufacturers. Just like driverless cars, these trucks use light detection, cameras, and sensors as a means of viewing their surroundings. Moreover, driverless trucks do not have any blind spots, and many of these trucks can communicate with other vehicles using antennas. Information about acceleration, speed, and the amount of throttle and brake that are applied can be shared from one vehicle to another.

Driverless trucks (unlike driverless cars) are also designed so that a human being will not have to intervene if something goes wrong – or if the technology does not do what it is supposed to do under the circumstances.

Potential Problems with Driverless Trucks

Just like with many of the driverless cars that are on the market today, things can go wrong with driverless trucks, the technology can go wrong, and accidents may occur with other vehicles. Unfortunately, there is not a significant amount of case law or statutory law on the books regarding who is responsible when accidents occur because of driverless vehicles. In some instances, the accident victim can file a claim against the technology manufacturer or truck manufacturer if he or she can prove that a technological defect caused the truck accident that led to the accident victim’s injuries.

Talk to a New Jersey Truck Accident Lawyer about Your Legal Matter Today

If you have been involved in a truck accident and sustained one or more injuries as a result, the compassionate legal team at Leonard Legal Group is ready to help you pursue a monetary claim or lawsuit on your behalf. Our team will work hard to help you attain the monetary compensation that you deserve for your physical injuries and damages.

To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a New Jersey truck accident attorney, please contact us online today.