Auto manufacturers have made great strides in introducing safety features for cars, especially in the areas of collision avoidance with other cars on the road and pedestrians. However, drivers in California have found that these technological advances do not always work as intended. As such, they should continue to exercise caution and not fully rely on these devices to keep them out of accidents.
Specifically, cars now include automatic braking systems that are designed to keep drivers from hitting pedestrians. If the car senses that it is about to hit a pedestrian, it automatically takes action to avoid the accident. However, recent studies have shown that the effectiveness of this device is inconsistent during the day. At night, drivers have reported that the device does not work at all.
As a result, drivers need to be careful about their use of the system when they are driving. They cannot expect that the safety systems will be fully effective so they need to still drive as they would have otherwise so that they are not left to just relying on a safety device that does not always work as it is designed. The safety device malfunctioning would not be a valid defense at trial for a defendant to avoid liability for an accident that injured a pedestrian.
Those who have been injured in a collision with an automobile may benefit from consulting with a personal injury attorney. Drivers that strike pedestrians may be held responsible for their actions behind the wheel. In addition, the maker of the car can also be found responsible for designing a faulty safety device that does not work. Personal injury actions are legally intensive and a lawyer may be able to help those who have been injured navigate the legal process and file a claim for their injuries.