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A car accident can be a devastating event to experience. It may result in emotional and physical trauma as well as the inconvenience and cost of vehicle repairs. In addition, you may even be taken to court for a personal injury lawsuit if the other driver, pedestrian or bicyclist claims that you caused the accident. Hiring a personal injury lawyer may be necessary in order to establish a solid defense against the claims. As part of your defense, you may rely on some of your vehicle’s high-tech safety features to make your case.
Your vehicle may be equipped with obstacle detection features. These features are designed to alert you to the presence of a forward, side or rear collision. However, they will not work well in some situations, such as if a car quickly swerves in front of you without any notice and at a very high rate of speed. In this type of situation, the defense that you build may be that the other driver was operating his vehicle recklessly, causing you to run into his vehicle. You can get information from the manufacturer about when this technology will be activated to support your claim.
Some modern vehicles are also equipped with pedestrian or bicyclist detection. When you strike a pedestrian or bicyclist with your vehicle, the evidence may be overwhelmingly against you. Vehicles are required to yield to pedestrians or bicyclists. However, when a pedestrian darts across a multi-lane highway or when a bicyclist swerves immediately in your lane and in front of your car, your detection equipment may not have time to react. If this equipment cannot react, it is not reasonable to think that you would have time to react. In these cases, you may build a defense based on the reckless actions of the pedestrian or bicyclist.
Crash avoidance is another feature available, and it sounds very similar to obstacle detection. However, obstacle detection only alerts you to the presence of an object that you may hit. Crash avoidance goes a step further to quickly stop the vehicle for you. This helps you to avoid a collision. When both you and this special feature fail to stop in time, you could make a case that the driver who cut you off is actually to blame because he left you and your vehicle no time to react.
As you might imagine, it is not enough to simply create a defense saying that your vehicle’s safety features did not work and that this eliminates your fault in the case. Instead, a personal injury attorney like Alexander Law Group must craft an intelligent defense. In some cases, you may even file a case yourself against the vehicle manufacturer if the safety features in your car did not work properly.