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Google Car Rear-Ended by Distracted Driver

Camara Thomas1 year ago

A prototype vehicle being developed by Google was rear-ended by a distracted driver earlier this month, resulting in several minor injuries.

Details of the Accident

Google has been testing their prototype self-driving car on the streets of their hometown of Mountain View, California.  While the car has been performing well, it has been involved in 14 different accidents in the past 6 years. 

The accidents the car has been in have all been because the car was rear ended by another driver. This most recent accident was caused by a distracted driver that didn’t realize traffic had stopped moving in front of them. 

According to reports, the cars were pulling up to an intersection and the lead car stopped though the at a green light due to traffic congestion. The car following the lead car stopped along with the Google car.

A passenger vehicle not involved in the Google test drive failed to stop, resulting in a rear-end collision. Passengers in the Google Car and the car in front of it suffered minor whip flash.

Distracted Driving Statistics

The following information was provided by Distraction.gov:

  • 3,154 people were killed in distracted driving accidents in the U.S. in 2013.
  • An additional 424,000 people were injured in distracted driving accidents in 2013.
  • 10-percent of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal collisions were distracted at the time of their accidents.
  • Drivers in their 20s account for roughly 27 percent of all distracted driving crashes.

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