On a per-mile basis, the automobile is the safest form of land transportation ever invented. See here. It is often said that planes are safer than cars; but on a per-trip or per-hour basis, cars are even safer than planes.
Yet governments, for a century, have burdened car travel with reams of unnecessary rules and regulations. Untold thousands if not millions of people have been violently pulled over while driving by government police.
Today, several private companies are developing driverless cars. These cars will almost certainly be safer than human-driven cars.
No one knows precisely; but there may be hundreds of such cars already on roadways in California, Michigan and elsewhere.
Here is a story out of San Jose, California of a driverless car being pulled over by a cop for driving too slow. (In fact, the car was moving at an entirely legal and proper speed; the nosy cop had nothing better to do than interrupt the car’s travel.)
No ticket was given, and the Google Self-Driving Car Project said that “After 1.2 million miles of autonomous driving (that’s the human equivalent of 90 years of driving experience), we’re proud to say we’ve never been ticketed!”