Can Technology Be Blamed for an Auto Accident?

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Automobile accidents can be caused by many different factors and occur in many different ways. With the recent trends in automobile design, technology is being implemented more fully into the workings of vehicles. Due to this trend, could it be possible for faulty technology to be blamed for an accident? Is there a possible scenario where it is not the carelessness of a driver that is at fault, but technology instead?

It is certainly possible for technology to be at least partially to blame for an auto accident and has been as such for some time. Products of all kinds, including the technology that is included in automobiles, can be designed or manufactured poorly and therefore lead to accidents that wouldn’t have otherwise happen or cause damages that needn’t be so severe. This could be the case for air bags, breaks, cruise control, and more.

That being said, the burden of proof is much larger when it comes to blaming technology than it is when finding fault in another driver. While the latter is sometimes obvious, or can at the very least be easily discerned, finding that faulty technology was to blame for an accident is much more difficult. Most of the time, the manufacturers of said technology will state that it was the poor usage of the equipment, not the equipment itself that caused the accident or damages. When trying to prove this in a personal injury case, it is a good idea to see if other users of the product had the same problem, as this will increase the validity of the claim.

Any time that you are going through a personal injury case following an auto accident, it is a good idea to consult with an attorney first to help guide you through the process and determine what the best course of action may be. To learn how we at the Franco Law Firm can serve you in this way and to schedule a free consultation with us, please call (813) 872-0929.