Defective cruise control accidents may occur when the cruise control mechanism malfunctions during the car’s operation. This may occur due to a manufacturing defect (something was wrong with the way the cruise control was produced) or a design defect (something was wrong with the design of the cruise control). In most cases, cruise control defects are related to a combination of the electrical/computer components of the car and the mechanical operation of the vehicle.

Defective cruise control accidents can be very dangerous. They can occur because:

  • The defective cruise control did not allow the driver to stop or slow down
  • The defective cruise control caused the car to accelerate uncontrollably

In cases where acceleration is an issue, it can present an extremely dangerous situation. In some documented instances, cars have reached very high speeds, leading to dangerous collisions, roll-overs, and other types of accidents.

What are Some Other Legal Issues Associated with Cruise Control Accidents?

In some cases, a cruise control-related accident may be attributed to the driver’s negligence rather than a product defect or product liability issue. In many cases and studies, accidents have resulted from drivers using cruise control on long drives in situations where they were sleepy or intoxicated, in order to continue driving without stopping.

In such cases, the driver may be held liable for negligent or reckless driving, especially if they knowingly continued to drive after experiencing drowsiness. Cases involving drunk driving can lead to more serious consequences, including criminal charges. 

Are There any Legal Remedies for a Defective Cruise Control Accident?

Defective cruise control accidents may lead to legal action, such as a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer. In such cases, the lawsuit may lead to a damages award, which can cover the plaintiff’s losses, which may include:

  • Hospital or medical expenses
  • Property damage expenses
  • Lost wages or loss of earning capacity (depending on the type of injuries)
  • Other costs

In some cases, defective cruise control issues may result in a car recall or other similar measure. Some injury lawsuits may be filed as a class action suit if multiple people were injured or affected by the same issue. Damages awards and filing requirements may vary from state to state.

Should I Hire a Lawyer for Assistance with a Defective Cruise Control Accident?

Cruise control accidents can be very dangerous and may involve some serious injuries to many parties. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need legal assistance or guidance with an injury claim. Your attorney will be able to address your questions and can perform research for your case. Also, if you need to appear in court, your lawyer can provide representation during those times as well.