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NHTSA faces hurdles in regulating driverless car safety

New York motorists who are eager to learn how self-driving cars are progressing should know that there are currently some hurdles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated, in a notice that it will make public by the end of November, that further input will be needed on what research to conduct before it can create safety regulations for such vehicles.

The NHTSA carries many responsibilities, now that a Senate committee has approved a bill granting exemptions to the makers of self-driving cars. The minimum requirement is that automakers deploy up to 80,000 self-driving cars annually within three years. In September, the U.S. House of Representatives also approved a measure intended to speed up driverless car manufacturing.

Waivers are granted by the NHTSA, but it awaits comments on how to tailor the close to 75 existing auto safety regulations to self-driving vehicles. It may take years before research helps the agency to decide between revising certain guidelines and writing new ones in their place. The Senate bill gives the agency 10 years to write permanent rules. The legislative measures have had the backing of corporations like General Motors, Ford Motor Company, and Alphabet Inc. However, auto safety groups express concern with the lack of safeguards and are pushing for changes.

Victims of motor vehicle accidents know all too well what conditions on the roads are like. Thankfully, they have the right to file injury claims in the effort to receive compensation. A lawyer can assess a claim, determine if the other driver was negligent or reckless, and factor in any negligence on the victim's part. Experts could be hired to reconstruct the accident scene, and investigators could gather evidence that the lawyer will use during negotiations with the insurance companies.

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