Most new vehicles come with collision avoidance technology, such as blind spot warning systems. These systems are supposed to warn drivers about vehicles in blind spots and prevent car accidents. If you have suffered an injury due to a blind spot warning system malfunction in Los Angeles, J&Y Law can help.
We regularly handle car accident claims throughout California caused by safety defects, including blind spot warning failures. You can depend on us to determine whether the automaker, part manufacturer or the other driver was responsible for the collision and get you meaningful compensation. We offer free consultations and will charge no attorneys’ fees until we recover for you. Contact our office today to get started with an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer.
How Do Blind Spot Warning Systems Work?
Blind spot warning systems detect vehicles in adjacent or rear blind spots through small cameras and sensors. If the driver is making turns or changing lanes that may be unsafe, the system will alert the driver through a sound or indicator light.
Some blind spot warning systems even show the driver what is in the blind spot. Others display a visual image of the area or give a tactile alert (e.g., shaking the steering wheel) when drivers activate the turn signal to indicate that it is unsafe to change lanes.
Finally, there are systems with automatic emergency steering that steer or slow the vehicle when a driver has activated a turn signal and attempts to change lanes while another vehicle is in an adjacent blind spot.
In short blind spot warning systems allow drivers to keep their eyes on the road and avoid collisions with vehicles in blind spots. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, these collision avoidance systems reduce the likelihood of lane-change crash injuries by 23 percent and lane-change crashes by 14 percent.
The Limits of Blind Spot Warning Systems For Los Angeles
Despite the benefits of blind spot warning systems, there are some drawbacks. For instance, some systems do not operate efficiently when the vehicle is driving at lower speeds. Also, some visual alerts are in the side-view mirror, which can be difficult for drivers to see. Finally, audible alerts are often only activated when the driver uses the turn signal, and drivers often fail to utilize turn signals.
In addition to these inherent drawbacks, blind spot warning systems can malfunction if the cameras and sensors are defective or not properly maintained. Poor weather conditions such as heavy rain or snow, common in Northern California, can impact the effectiveness of these systems. Ultimately, determining liability in a blind sport warning accident can be complicated.
Depending on the circumstances, the automaker or parts manufacturer may be liable for defective blind spot warning systems. On the other hand, the driver may be responsible if they failed to respond to a blind spot warning alert and made an unsafe lane change or turn.
How Los Angeles Firm J&Y Law Can Help
If you have suffered an injury in a vehicle equipped with a blind spot warning system, trust J&Y to handle all the details of your claim, such as:
- Working with accident reconstruction specialists and technical experts to determine whether a defective blind spot warning system caused or contributed to the accident
- Obtaining and reviewing police reports
- Identifying and interviewing witnesses to the collision
- Taking over communications with insurance companies and opposing counsel
If we determine that the collision warning system was defective, we will file a product liability lawsuit against the automaker or part manufacturer. On the other hand, if the other driver was distracted and failed to respond to the blind spot alert, we will work to hold that party accountable. We have a history of achieving successful outcomes in car accident cases and will fight for the compensation you need and deserve.
Blind Spot Warning Damages We Will Fight For
No two injury claims are the same, but we will fight to win you damages, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Rehabilitative costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Attorneys’ fees and court costs
While most car accident claims settle out of court, we are prepared to go the distance and file a lawsuit against the responsible party to achieve the best possible outcome. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one in an accident due to a defective blind spot warning system, we can help you pursue a wrongful death lawsuit to obtain compensation and justice. Above all, we will stand by you every step of the way and protect your rights.
Contact Our Los Angeles Defective Blind Spot Warning Accident Attorney
Blind spot warning systems are supposed to keep drivers safe, but malfunctions and negligent drivers cause car accidents that result in serious injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in an accident caused by a defective collision avoidance system, J&Y Law can help. Contact our office today to arrange a free consultation.