Unfortunately, sometimes self-driving vehicles cause more harm than good. The reason is simple: People in self-driving cars start to become complacent, and this complacency leads to inattention behind the wheel. People feel they can relax and let the vehicle do the work.

But with inattention comes slower reaction times, as the Journal of Safety Research reported, as well as a higher risk of distraction.

The idea of a “self-driving” car is a little misleading. Drivers in these semi-autonomous cars must still be in control at all times. However, research has shown that distraction is a problem for drivers in all types of vehicles, including “self-driving” or “assisted-driving” cars.

Tech Problems Lead to Crashes

Artificial intelligence (AI) programs are supposed to be able to react to driving situations in a fraction of a second, but there have been cases where a lag of a few seconds had deadly consequences. There are also issues related to malfunctioning cameras and sensors.

If you or someone you love suffers injuries in a crash, it’s important to know where you can get compensation for medical expenses and other costs resulting from the accident. When self-driving cars are involved, the liability issues may be complicated. Talk to a personal injury lawyer about your options as soon as possible.