According to AAA, rear cross-traffic alert systems are not entirely reliable. Many new car buyers are opting for vehicles with rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA) systems because, along with blind spot monitoring, the technology notifies them when they are in danger of backing into a car or other object they can’t see.
The real danger, however, may be to pedestrians.
In tests, AAA determined that the technology was unsuccessful in detecting pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles and other vehicles at astonishing rates when the car was parked between larger vehicles, including minivans and SUVs. Although not all of the systems are intended to recognize pedestrians, AAA reported the technology failed to do so 60 percent of the time.
The RCTA system, with an average cost of approximately $2,373 on 2015 model-year vehicles- much more in some-also failed to detect a passing motorcycle in 48 percent of the tests. Bicycles went undetected 40 percent of the time, while drivers were not alerted to passing vehicles 30 percent of the time.
AAA urges motorists not to rely solely on the RTCA technology when backing up. Drivers should use mirrors and always look behind them before backing from a driveway or parking space. Furthermore, it is important for drivers to remember the RCTA system does not work when your vehicle is parked at an angle.
Injury Claims for Pedestrians Hit by Cars
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, each year almost 5,000 pedestrians are killed when struck by a vehicle, and an additional 76,000 are injured. These accidents frequently occur when pedestrians are crossing the road or navigating a parking lot. Some pedestrian accidents happen because of poorly maintained sidewalk surfaces, parking lot defects, or debris on walkways.
Regardless of the cause- vehicle or property defect- a pedestrian has the right to recover damages for injuries sustained in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. And it is important to note that more than one party can be liable in a pedestrian accident.
In pedestrian-vehicle accidents, the case is typically dependent on the duty of care owed by the parties involved. Motorists and pedestrians are expected to adhere to the rules of the road and exercise reasonable care. Someone who operates their vehicle in a negligent manner may be required to compensate the injury victim financially for his or her losses.
The injuries sustained in a pedestrian versus car accident can be severe and life-altering. In addition to lost wages and current medical bills, one must consider the potential for ongoing medical expenses, such as physical therapy and future surgeries. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to ascertain the negligence of the other parties involved, help assess your total losses and determine fair compensation for your situation.
Contact Our Denver Car Accident Lawyers
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident or pedestrian accident, it is important to understand that the law is on your side. Our Denver pedestrian accident lawyers can help you obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries. Call Denver accident attorney Robert Paysinger today to discuss your case. Our law firm offers FREE case consultations and can be reached at 303.279.0221.
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