Technological advancements are impacting and often improving every walk of our lives. Often, injury law deals with claims surrounding car accidents. This industry has evolved dramatically in recent years.
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If you’ve ever suffered an injury and believe you’re eligible for compensation, you’ll be interested to learn how such advancements might impact you. Here are three technologies that have transformed the handling of car accident claims in and outside the courtroom.
1. Dash Cams
This small camera can sit on the dashboard of many vehicles. It faces the direction of travel. You can also get rear view dash cams that are essentially the same but record everything behind the vehicle.
The dashboard camera records entire journeys and can help determine who needs to accept fault in the incident. The camera can also record far more than the incident. It shows a record of your driving that day, along with any concerns and the road and weather conditions of the given day. All of which can impact the case.
The device has proven helpful for many situations, like where someone drove into the back of the car. Dealing with car accidents in the past involved an amount of hearsay without witnesses or an unnegotiable amount of damage.
Today, companies such as the Zinda Law Group have seen an increase in car claims involving dash cams, using the footage from the cams as evidence.
2. Driverless Cars
Automated vehicles that drive themselves have created some complications in the argument of who accepts fault and liability in the event of an accident. Such vehicles do not have a driver onboard, so does the fault go to the owner?
There aren’t fully automated cars on our roads quite yet. Still, the US National Traffic Safety Association estimates they’ll be on the road by 2025. Currently, we have access to automated features, including lane assists, cruise control, and blind spot detection, to name a few.
Even though there is still some time to go until we reach 2025, people want to know how car accident claims will work. When this happens, claims may not be for injury but product liability. These are more complex. The claim may then bypass the owner, straight to the manufacturer. By bypassing the owner, the claim could still stand as a liability claim, which would be cheaper for the lawyer and client.
3. Cell Phones
Our phones are useful in many areas of the law to document evidence, but they can also be detrimental to our safety. We see the impact through the increasing number of claims involving mobiles.
Distracted driving accounts for 424,000 car-related injuries as a result in 2019. The result is increased complexity in the laws surrounding mobile phone use.
This overview of how technology has impacted the injury law industry is not a definitive list. We can assume, too, that as time progresses, we will see more and more tech advancements. From accident evidence to driver liability and case law, what other changes might result from the fast-paced world of technology?