Today’s vehicles are equipped with all types of technology that help in preventing accidents.
However, product defects and negligent drivers contribute to car accidents that result in serious injuries. That’s where J&Y Law comes in.
Our practice is dedicated to helping car accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve. If you or a family member has been injured in an accident caused by a technological malfunction, product defect, or driver error, we can help. Contact our office today to arrange a no-cost consultation.
Accident Prevention Technology Reduces Human Error
Because driver error is the leading cause of car accidents, automakers have been equipping vehicles with various safety features to assist drivers and reduce the potential for mistakes that may lead to an accident. Some of the accident prevention technology available today includes:
Automatic Emergency Braking Systems
Automatic emergency braking (AEB) technology is designed to prevent rear-end accidents. There are two types of AEB systems. Crash imminent braking detects when a collision with another vehicle is about to occur and slows or stops the vehicle if the driver does not react. Dynamic brake support kicks in when the driver brakes, but the action does not stop the vehicle.
Backup Camera Technology
Backup cameras or rearview video systems are designed to prevent bicycle and pedestrian accidents when a driver is backing up. The camera turns on anytime the vehicle is in reverse, allowing the driver to see the area directly behind the vehicle.
Blind Spot Detection
Blind spot detection helps to ensure there are no vehicles in the drivers’ blind spot when they are changing lanes. Some versions of this technology provide the driver with constant updates on their blind spot’s status, while others only provide warnings when their turn signal is on.
Lane Departure Warnings
This safety technology uses cameras to track the position of the vehicle inside of the lane markings. A warning appears if the vehicle starts to drift when no turn signal is on, which can get a distracted driver to focus on the road again. Some versions of this accident prevention technology will take control of the vehicle and ensure that it stays within the driver’s lane.
Forward Collision Systems
Forward collision systems (FCS) automatically measure the distance between the car and the vehicle ahead and can slow the speed of the car to prevent a collision or minimize the impact.
Adaptive and LED Headlights
Adaptive headlights use electronic sensors to detect the steering angle and turn side to side when the steering wheel is turned, allowing the driver to see anything on the road at all times. LED headlights will last much longer than the traditional halogen lights, are much brighter, and provide a better quality light. LED headlights also provide an illuminating light that is not as blinding to another driver.
Electronic Stability Control Technology
Electronic Stability Control (ECS) is designed to prevent vehicles from sliding out of control. ECS reduces vehicle power by applying the brakes in the event of a run-off-road accident and has proven to be effective at preventing rollover accidents.
Anti-lock braking prevents the brake pads from locking by slowly lowering the pressure applied to the breaks so that the wheels of a vehicle do not unexpectedly spin when a vehicle is coming off or onto a slippery surface. This technology helps to prevent traffic accidents by avoiding instability when a person is driving.
More advanced than anti-lock brakes, traction control maintains traction between the tires and the road in slippery or dangerous conditions. This active safety feature limits how much the wheels can spin and helps to keep the tires connected to the road surface.
Autonomous Cruise Control
Autonomous Cruise Control (ACC) is a more advanced version of cruise control technology that automatically adjusts the speed of a car to help the driver maintain a safe distance from other vehicles ahead.
When Car Accidents Are Caused By Malfunctioning Technology
Accident prevention technology helps to keep the roads and highways of California safer, but design and manufacturing defects can contribute to car accidents that result in serious injuries. In these situations, it is possible to hold the automaker or product manufacturer liable through a product liability lawsuit.
At the same time, most car accidents are caused by driver errors, such as
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Improper turns, lane changes
- Failing to obey traffic signals
- Reckless driving
Whether you have been injured in a car accident caused by a technological malfunction or driver error, turn to J&Y Law. Once you become our client, your claim will be handled by an experienced car accident attorney who will help you obtain compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages (present and future), and pain and suffering. You can trust our team to provide you with compassionate representation and handle your claim with personal attention.
Contact Our Experienced California Defective Safety Feature Car Accident Attorney
Safety technology can help to prevent car accidents, but technical glitches and negligent drivers are unavoidable. At J&Y, we know how to hold negligent automakers and drivers accountable and will fight to protect your rights. Contact us today to get started.