How In-Car Technology Can Affect Your Personal Injury claim

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The use of in-car technology has exploded in recent years, with mixed outcomes for motorist safety. Some tech advances make travel safer. But other features ― like infotainment systems ― could be dangerous distractions on the road. And distractions can easily cause deadly traffic accidents and injuries. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show distractions were responsible for nearly 3,200 fatalities on the road in a recent year.

If you suffered injuries in an Alabama car accident, in-car technology may play an important role in your personal injury claim. An experienced car accident attorney from Stokes Stemle, LLC will investigate your case to determine every factor that may have contributed to the wreck. You can count on us to pursue compensation from every liable party so that you get the money you deserve when you need it most. 

Whether you need help negotiating for the best possible settlement or dealing with pressing concerns like finding a doctor, Stokes Stemle, LLC is here for you. Because at our law firm, we always put you first.

Call or reach out to us online today for a free consultation with a knowledgeable car accident attorney.

What Is In-Car Technology?

In-car technology can take many forms, from camera systems designed to make backing up safer to distance monitors and automated braking technology to protect you on the road. But it can also include Bluetooth-enabled phone systems, in-car entertainment, and integration with smartphone apps. The best technology can save lives. The worst could create deadly distractions at just the wrong time.

Does In-Car Technology Make Driving Safer?

Some in-car technology can help with safe driving. Automatic braking systems, lane guidance, and blind-spot detection can provide drivers with important information to make good decisions on the road. 

But not all in-car technology makes the road a safer place. In particular, infotainment systems can demand driver attention and take their eyes off the road. Large screens with multiple menus can allow drivers to customize their radio selections, control movies playing in the backseat, make phone calls, and listen to podcasts. Drivers who spend more time fiddling with the infotainment system can easily cause a distracted driving accident. 

Who Is Liable for an Accident?

Determining liability for a car accident requires a close investigation of the facts. Because of its benefits and shortcomings, in-car driving technology could affect a personal injury case for the better or worse. If a driver is distracted by in-car technology and causes an accident, they may be liable for any resulting injuries. 

But let’s say your backup camera failed to detect a cyclist in your path due to a manufacturing flaw. In that case, the in-car technology’s defect contributed to the crash. The designers or manufacturers of the product could be held liable. 

Do I Have a Personal Injury or Product Liability Claim?

The type of claim you can file will depend on the nature of the accident and what caused it. If someone injured you because they were distracted, you may have a personal injury claim. But suppose you were injured because of an in-car technology failure. In that case, you may be able to pursue a product liability claim.

How Can an Experienced Car Accident Attorney Help?

After a crash, the prospect of filing an insurance claim can understandably feel overwhelming. 

A top car accident lawyer can help by:

  • Answering your questions clearly 
  • Explaining your rights under Alabama personal injury law
  • Identifying who should be held liable for your injuries
  • Advocating for you and your recovery
  • Negotiating for the compensation you deserve
  • Filing a lawsuit, if that’s what it takes to pursue the best possible outcome for you

Contact a Car Accident Law Firm Today


If you suffered injuries in an Alabama car accident, contact Stokes Stemle, LLC now. We believe in delivering the highest level of service possible to our clients, no matter how big or small the case. Call or contact us today for a free case review.

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