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Lawmakers considering driverless car legislation

Pennsylvania drivers may or may not already have features in their cars such as navigation, automatic braking and crahs avoidance systems. Some automakers are on a path to make cars completely self-driving. Congress is debating bills that would allow companies to test more of their autonomous cars on the road and that would make moderate federal regulations the final word on safety measures.

In 2016 there were over 40,000 fatalities on U.S. roads and 2 million injuries. Endorsers of driverless cars say that these figures could be considerably decreased if self-driving cars were mass produced. Companies that are working on the technology for autonomous cars are in favor of the bill packet because if more cars are road tested, then they would manufacture and available for purchase sooner than if fewer cars were tested on the highways.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not weighed on in the bill packet, but safety advocates are wary about rushing to get many cars without drivers onto the roads. They suggest that it would be better to send fewer cars out onto the roads at a time. They also recommend that cars that are to be tested be certified for safety before joining cars with drivers on the roads. Regardless of whether this bill packet is passed, automakers claim that the country still has years to wait before driverless cars are widely available.

Traffic accidents can cause injury and sometimes death to victims, and they are often the result of driver negligence. When people have been harmed by another driver who was speeding, impaired or distracted, they may want to have legal assistance in pursuing compensation for their losses.

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