If you were seriously injured following a car accident which took place because of a defective electronic component, you are eligible for compensation. Please contact our law firm and we will gladly evaluate your case.
The rise in technologically advanced vehicles is causing a raft of new types of car and component recalls. Today’s cars contain many electronic components with over 100 million lines of code. When there is that much new software in a car, various errors are bound to occur, sooner or later.
However, such errors may cause serious car accidents which may end up being fatal to the driver and their passengers. There is a surge in the field incidents reported by carmakers related to electronics involving injury or death. Investigations triggered by these incidents turn into car recalls. Over the last four years, the rate of software-related car recalls has risen from under 5% to 15%.
Cars entail a constant interaction between the onboard software and the electronic components, which include safety and entertainment features. Ultimately, they are vehicles that are meant to transport us from point A to point B. Nevertheless, software bugs, viruses, errors, and many other issues with electronic equipment may happen in ways no one could have anticipated during the design and manufacturing of the car. This is particularly the case in Miami, where the unique cocktail of air, sun, and humidity quickly leads to corrosion, causing internal components in a vehicle to degrade faster than in other parts of the country.
Oftentimes, car suppliers and manufacturers fail to understand how electronic components in a vehicle interact with non-electronic components. All car components are connected in a system that must function seamlessly. Even if the car components in the system communicate well, suppliers need to realize that the physical environment may cause risks that could affect the performance of the electronic components and software of the car. For example, extreme temperatures, humidity levels, objects hitting a car, skidding, and low-impact collisions are a few of the seemingly minor situations which could ultimately compromise the safety of all passengers in a car accident.
Unfortunately, Florida drivers are not able to detect defects in the electronic components of their cars until something malfunctions or they receive a recall notice. Technology-related recalls include two types of defects:
Hardware and components affected by recalls include, but are not limited to:
Electronic recalls are much more common in new vehicles. In the last year, technology-focused recalls affected more than 14 million automobiles, including the following:
Automotive electronic components can suffer from faults and defects which have the potential to cause harm. While in some cases these defects are minor, in others they can cause serious damage and injuries to the people who use them.
Defective electronics may cause serious car accidents. Consequently, drivers and passengers may be left with debilitating or even fatal injuries. These are the most common injuries which people may sustain following a car accident caused by a defective electronic component:
Every manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that their products are safe and adequately tested before they are released on the market. Poor manufacturing or design and negligence during testing can cause serious injuries or death. Manufacturers bear a significant financial burden from the unprecedented level of recalls in the last years. Because this represents a remarkable hit to their income statements and balance sheets, they are finding ways to recover a portion of those costs from suppliers that they believe are accountable for at least part of the liability stemming from a defect. Depending on the circumstances, a claim may be filed against:
Victims of car accidents caused by defective electronic components can file a claim and seek compensation for their medical expenses, pain, and suffering due to the traumatic experience of the accident, lost wages, property damages, and other aspects.
If you went through a car accident that was the result of a defective electronic component, our law firm will provide quality legal assistance to you and help you recover the compensation you deserve for your physical and emotional injury. Our attorney, Sean M. Cleary, specializes in defective products cases and he will thoroughly review your case, no matter how complex it might be.
We work with accident reconstruction experts, who will help us recreate your accident to see how the defective electronic part led to the crash. After you bring us all the necessary documents, we will promptly take over, so that your involvement in the process will be minimal.