California drivers and autonomous trucking technology
California truck drivers may benefit from autonomous trucking technology in the future, but there are still some obstacles to overcome before widespread adoption can take place. State-based restrictions on autonomous driving technology may interfere with its national adoption since truckers utilize interstate highways. Individual state legislation could prevent truckers from delivering goods across state lines once AT technology becomes commercialized. This could jeopardize a company's ability to send goods across the country.
Other concerns about the potential issues that could arise from widespread use of AT technology have been raised as well. For example, some are concerned that cybersecurity risks could jeopardize the safety of autonomous trucks. Others worry that autonomous trucks would present new maintenance issues that need to be addressed before they can be deployed effectively on a national scale.
Despite the reservations about autonomous trucking technology, there are many potential benefits as well. Restrictions on the number of hours truck drivers can be on duty may relax since automated trucks take much of the strain off of human drivers. There is currently a limit of 14 hours on duty and 11 hours spent driving. Fears that truck drivers will be replaced can be allayed since autonomous trucks will still require a human occupant. It is also hoped that this technology will improve safety for truckers and other highway drivers.
Drivers who are injured due to reckless driving or other acts of negligence on the road may be eligible for compensation. A lawyer may provide guidance to victims who want to file a lawsuit. From medical care costs to long-term recovery expenses and lost wages, injured drivers may be entitled to payment for any damages they incurred as a result of a trucking accident.