DLG July Recommended Reading: Auto Product Liability
Newer automobiles are designed with an increasing number of safety features. Such safety features are geared towards reducing accidents and liability. However, new technology tends to come with new problems. Future issues in auto product liability may come from the integration of mobile technology into automobiles (i.e. Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto).
DLG’s recommend reading for the month of July is Lawrence Ulrich’s article at IEEE Spectrum. The article discusses factors that contributed to Apple and Android’s slow entrance into the auto market. Some of the issues discussed relate to product liability. One example is that with newer technology there is the potential for software malfunctions or glitches. Another issue the article raises is how technology companies, unlike other major suppliers, might prefer to avoid sharing liability. That would put the full risk on auto manufacturers for any defects, bugs or glitches.
A third example is how the addition of new entertainment features can also increase the potential for drivers to become distracted. Driver distraction is a serious safety issue. Distraction.gov statistics show that there was an increase from 2012 to 2013 in the number of people who were injured in vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. Statistics also show that the under 20 age group has the largest proportion of distracted drivers. 10% of drivers in the under 20 age group that were involved in fatal crashes were reported to be distracted at the time of the crash. For more interesting facts and statistics on distracted driving, check out Distraction.gov.
All of these issues have the potential to impact future liability concerns for automobile manufacturers.
Defense Litigation Group’s investigators are experienced in auto product liability investigations. For any investigative needs, contact us at (321) 765-8555 to discuss how we can assist you.