Today’s vehicles are inarguably safer than ever. Not only are airbags and anti-lock braking systems now standard—modern cars and trucks are often equipped with technologies that were firmly within the realm of science fiction just a decade ago. Vehicles available to everyday consumers can now park themselves, apply the brakes if the sense an impending collision, and even warn drowsy or inattentive writers that they have left their lanes, often making driving a new vehicle feel like stepping into the future.
Car Accidents Are Extremely Dangerous Events—Regardless of the Technology Around You
With all of these safety features, it is easy to get lulled into a false sense of security regarding car accidents. Serious crashes can occur even with crash avoidance technologies like automatic emergency braking and electronic stability control, and all the airbags in the world are unlikely to save you from injury in accidents involving vehicles moving at highway speeds. Serious injuries can occur despite the innovative car safety features available today, but victims may recover significant compensation for the losses they experience as a result of their accident. Some common car accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Facial fractures
When severe, these injuries can leave victims with complications that may damage them profoundly for years to come. For this reason, explore your legal options with an experienced lawyer before accepting a settlement offer that releases the at-fault party from any future liability.
In Some Cases, Malfunctioning Safety Features Can Actually Cause or Contribute to Accidents
Vehicle safety features themselves can cause injury due to defective designs, manufacturing, or marketing to consumers. For example, defective airbags have caused serious injuries including abrasions, burns, internal bleeding, and facial fractures. Drawing a parallel to more active safety features on today’s vehicles, you can easily imagine how active cruise control or semi-autonomous driving modes could also malfunction and cause serious injuries.
Presumably, if these injuries resulted from vehicle or software defects, injury victims could hold vehicle manufacturers liable. These legal principles were at play in high-profile cases such as the unintended acceleration in many Toyota vehicles or the Ford Pinto’s exploding gas tanks—where consumers received significant compensation for their injuries.
Contact One of the Maryland Car Accident Lawyers of Alpert Schreyer Today
If you have been hurt in a car accident in Maryland, speak to a lawyer as soon as you can. The skilled car accident attorneys of Alpert Schreyer, LLC, will review your accident for at no cost and will never collect legal fees from you unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. To schedule your free case evaluation with a member of our legal team, call our office today at (844) 632-7274 or contact us online.