The medical device industry faces some competing priorities that may be nearly impossible to resolve. These devices can make an important difference in patients' lives, and so everyone wants them to be available quickly. However, medical devices can cause terrible problems if they are defective, and so everyone wants them to be safe. For that reason, the medical device industry is heavily regulated.
The moments after a car accident can be chaotic. Injured people can be confused and in shock. There may be broken glass, smoke and fire. And when this scene occurs on a busy roadway, someone can get hurt after the initial collision is over.
As we have noted many times before on this blog, when a negligent driver injures another person, the injured can make a claim to recover their damages through a personal injury lawsuit. The damages in these cases can include the injured party's medical expenses and lost wages from the time her or she was unable to return to work, as well as less tangible damages such as pain and suffering.
Perhaps one day autonomous vehicle technology will be so advanced that we will be able to take a nap or read a book while our car takes us safely along highways and Costa Mesa streets. Despite all the recent advances, we're still a long way off from that day.