Forward collision warning is an advanced safety feature available that can help to prevent rear-end accidents and pedestrian accidents. When this crash avoidance technology fails, however, people can be seriously injured. If you or a family member has been injured in an accident caused by a forward collision warning defect, J&Y Law can help.
We have extensive experience handling car accident claims, including accidents caused by defective forward collision technology. Once we determine you have a valid claim, we will work to hold the automaker and/or the product manufacturer accountable and help you recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses. We offer free consultations and will charge no attorneys’ fees until we win compensation for you. Contact us today so we can start working on your claim.
How Does a Forward Collision Warning System Work?
Forward collision warning (FCW) systems are recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This driver assistance technology uses radar, lasers, or cameras to warn drivers of potential collisions:
- Radar-forward systems emit a radio wave from the front of the vehicle that bounces off of surrounding objects and cars and provides feedback about the vehicle’s location in relation to other cars.
- Laser collision warning systems work by emitting a laser beam from the front of the car that measures the distance between the vehicle and the car ahead, compares this distance with the speed at which the car is traveling, and then alerts the driver of potential crashes.
- A camera-based FCW system uses a camera that is placed at the front of the vehicle. The camera is connected to an electronic image processor that analyzes the distance between the camera and the vehicle ahead.
Some collision warning systems are able to detect animals, pedestrians, or bicyclists in the vicinity of the vehicle; others can only detect other vehicles. While FCW systems are able to warn drivers about potential collisions, they cannot prevent all car accidents from occurring. For this reason, drivers must still be alert and pay attention to their surroundings at all times.
Forward Collision Warning Failure Can Result In Car Accidents
The fact that a vehicle is equipped with this crash avoidance system does not mean that you can always rely upon it to protect you. Forward collision warning systems, like any safety technology, can be defective and may malfunction. Also, a driver who is relying on this system may not be paying close enough attention to the road, or not hear a warning due to a malfunction.
Additionally, forward collision warning systems can malfunction and apply the brakes when it is not necessary, leading to a crash. Poor weather conditions such as rain, snow, sleet, or fog can adversely affect the performance of sensors which can lead to serious accidents and injuries.
While the NHTSA has found this crash avoidance system to be highly effective at preventing rear-end collisions, it cannot prevent accidents caused by negligent drivers.
How J&Y Law Can Help
Our attorneys are highly experienced in handling car accident cases involving technological malfunctions. We will collaborate with accident reconstruction specialists and technical experts to determine whether a defective crash avoidance system caused or contributed to the accident that cause your injuries. If the FCW system was defective, we will file a product liability lawsuit against the responsible party to recover damages for your losses.
Collision warning systems are intended to assist drivers, but this does not relieve them of their duty of care. All drivers have a legal obligation to operate their vehicles in a safe manner and avoid causing injuries to other motorists, passengers, and pedestrians. If our investigation determines that the other driver was responsible for the accident in any way, we can pursue a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf.
While many car accident claims settle out of court, we are always prepared to litigate to achieve the best possible outcome. You can depend on us to guide you through every step of the process and protect your rights.
Damages We Will Fight For
Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may be entitled to significant compensation that includes economic and non-economic damages, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Rehabilitative costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Attorneys’ fees/court costs
Above all, we will provide you with powerful representation when you need it most and fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.
Contact Our California Defective FCW System Accident Attorney
Accident prevention technology is intended to keep the roads and highways safe, but defective products and negligent drivers can and do cause accidents that result in serious injuries. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a defective forward collision warning system, contact J&Y Law today for a no-cost consultation.