For Kentucky truck drivers, the introduction of autonomous trucks in the industry will bring many changes, but according to the American Transportation Research Institute, job loss is not one of those changes. Instead, autonomous trucks will alter the landscape of truck driving and provide a number of benefits for drivers including reducing driver fatigue.

ATRI also predicts more flexibility in future regulations such as those detailing drive-time limits, rest breaks and on-duty limits. Truck drivers may be able to do tasks like logistics while sitting in the cab of the truck. They also may be able to spend more time at home. Furthermore, autonomous trucks are expected to cut down on problems such as highway congestion and parking shortages for trucks. They may also reduce the incidence of accidents due to human error.

However, a number of changes must be made to both regulations and infrastructure before autonomous trucks can be integrated into the industry, and most of this work must be done in the public rather than the private sector. Cybersecurity, maintenance, and liability issues must all be addressed. Needed infrastructure improvements include better signage, highway to truck communication systems and smoother highways.

With some time to go before autonomous trucks are commonplace, truck accidents will continue to happen. These may be because a driver is tired or distracted or because equipment is not properly maintained. Whatever the cause of the accident, it could leave another driver or passengers in another vehicle seriously injured. When the injured person does not receive an adequate offer of compensation to cover medical expenses and lost wages, they might want to pursue a civil lawsuit against the driver and the driver's employer.