Car Safety And Personal Injury Litigation
In American society today, millions of citizens rely on automobiles. We take them to work, for entertainment, and to connect with loved ones near and far. This has been the case for generations, and as our technology has advanced, so has the quality of safety features available in our cars. When these safety features fail and a personal injury results, victims are likely going to want to seek compensation for their damages.
Sometimes, car safety features are known to fail on a mass scale in regards to a particular make and model of vehicle. In these cases, the auto manufacturer is likely to issue a recall on that particular automobile so that drivers can remain safe. However, there are instances where an individual or company’s negligence led to unnecessary personal injury. In these cases, the recruitment of an experienced Orlando personal injury attorney is essential.
Car rental companies, for example, have a duty to perform routine maintenance checks on their vehicles to ensure all necessary safety features are functioning properly. Additionally, auto mechanics and repair shops are often responsible for spotting faulty safety features when conducting vehicle inspections. Also, anyone who is selling their vehicle has the responsibility of disclosing any known safety issues their vehicle may have.
When these entities fail to disclose and/or address safety malfunctions in vehicles, this can be considered negligent behavior. When personal injury results from this negligence, victims will want to know their rights to civil litigation.
While consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney is always the best course of action in these cases, there are some general points of knowledge regarding car safety features that every Pennsylvania resident should be made aware of. Therefore, this article aims to provide some basic information on how car safety features fit within an automotive personal injury case.
Adaptive Cruise Control (AAC)
This technology uses an array of sensors and radar systems to detect your vehicle’s presence relative to others around you. Unlike traditional cruise control, which keeps your car at a set speed, AAC adapts your speed to maintain a safe distance from other vehicles at all times. When a car gets too close, AAC will apply the brakes or accelerate to maintain a safe distance.
When this technology malfunctions, it can lead to collisions that cause personal injury. Additionally, the reliability of AAC technology may be questionable in inclement weather. When other parties know about a malfunctioning AAC system in a vehicle and fail to take the proper steps to intervene, this can be considered negligence in the eyes of a personal injury court.
This safety technology can actually move your steering wheel for you if it detects you are drifting into an unsafe situation. Much like AAC, there is a threat of personal injury from this system either oversteering or failing to engage.
Backup sensors alert you to low-lying objects you may miss when checking your mirrors while in reverse. When these sensors fail to detect an object, personal injury may result. It is important for owners to ensure these components are regularly maintained and in good working condition.
When to Contact an Attorney
For over thirty years, the attorneys at Payer Law have been helping victims in Orlando show that another’s negligence regarding car safety features contributed to an accident. Contact us today to examine your case and determine the next steps toward compensation.