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Self-driving cars get into more accidents, study says

Self-driving cars are on the road in California. This is a great technological advancement, but many people have worried about the safety of self-driving cars. These fears may be warranted after a new study found that self-driving cars are involved in more accidents compared to conventional cars. 

In fact, self-driving cars were involved in accidents at a rate five times higher than conventional cars, according to the study. However, it is important to note that the self-driving cars were not at fault in these crashes.

Almost all the accidents involving self-driving vehicles were a result of another vehicle hitting them. Self-driving vehicles often operate a low speeds and no serious injuries were reported. Also, no accidents were caused by technical glitches or errors in self-driving cars. 

The finding that self-driving cars are involved in car accidents at a higher rate than normal vehicles is interesting. There are not enough self-driving cars on the road yet to actually see a pattern or to determine exactly why this is the case. However, the researchers said that regardless of the reason, self-driving cars are involved in more accidents. 

This could be due to the fact that humans may drive more defensively and can perceive potential dangers on the road better than technology. This theory has not been proven though. 

Only time will tell if self-driving cars pose a risk on the road. As more self-driving cars are seen in California, all motorists should be aware of the potential risks of an accident, as well as what to do if you are in an accident with a self-driving vehicle

Source: USA Today, "Study: Self-driving cars have higher accident rate," Chris Woodyard, Oct. 31, 2015

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