There are numerous dangers of self-parking cars. On the surface, they seem like an ingenious development. If you struggle with tight parallel parking, it seems like the answer is here. However, self-parking cars present a number of dangers and accidents on the road are far from over.
What are the main dangers of self-parking cars?
The main danger of self-parking cars actually comes from their main selling point. Letting the car do the work risks seeing the driver think that their part of the job is done. Sitting back, relaxing and letting the car do its job is potentially extremely dangerous.
When driving, taking your eye off the ball for even a second can cause a serious traffic accident. Assuming that the car will self-park with no problems is both foolish and irresponsible.
Once you have put the car into the self-park mode, you are still required to be covering the brake. Failure to do so means you may not be able to react to unexpected hazards in time. This is how incidents on the road occur.
As well as covering the brake, you are also responsible for checking the parking path is clear. As with standard parking, it’s the driver’s job to ensure the car doesn’t hit anything. If an accident with a self-parking car occurs, it will still be the driver’s fault.
Even if you can prove a fault with the self-parking system, you are unlikely to garner much sympathy. The assumption is always that the driver is overseeing the parking. It is your responsibility to ensure that you can, and do, take evasive action where necessary.
I have been injured by a self-parking car – can I make a compensation claim?
Accidents with self-parking cars follow the same criteria as other accidents on the road. The three main pillars for a successful compensation claim are:
- The accident occurred within the last three years
- The accident was demonstrably the fault of someone else or the result of negligence
- A medical professional confirms that the subsequent injuries were caused by the accident
If your self-parking car accident meets the above criteria, then you could well be eligible to claim. Check out Accident Advice Helpline’s unique 30-second claim test for a better idea.
You can also call our expert advisors for a no-obligation consultation. Our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis. Call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: April 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice