Car Computer System Failures

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A motorist can quickly lose control over his or her vehicle if the computer systems onboard malfunction. The computers on a car or truck are responsible for controlling many different aspects of the vehicle’s important systems, such as the transmission and throttle. A malfunction that affects either the hardware of these computers or their software programs can seriously endanger a motorist’s safety.


The computer systems in motor vehicles control a variety of important components by collecting information with a network of sensors then analyzing it with a computer. These computers can then determine what actions will make the basic operation of the vehicle the most efficient or safest.

Unfortunately, the following issues can arise if a car computer fails:

  • Engine problems
  • Transmission errors
  • Anti-lock brake issues
  • Loss of electronic stability assistance
  • Loss of driver assistance systems

In some cases, a problem may occur with the electric system in the vehicle. This can effectively shut off a computer system. In addition to these problems, software errors may push the vehicle to operate in an entirely unintended, unsafe manner that could lead to a potential accident. 

Attorney Tim Trecek

Tim Trecek is a shareholder and has been a member of the law firm since 1995. In 2017, he was elected by his partners as a corporate officer of the firm (Secretary). He is a managing partner of both the Milwaukee and West Bend offices. Tim specializes in all types of personal injury litigation. He has successfully litigated cases involving automobile defects (airbags, seat belts, seats and structural integrity), construction accidents, misfilled prescriptions, car/motorcycle accidents, truck/semi accidents, slip/trip and falls, dog bites, injuries involving horses, brain injuries, RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy), machine defects (saws, chippers, cement mixer defects, deer stands, snow blowers), child car seats, personal watercraft, and specialized experience with serious burn injuries from events such as explosions and utility/electrical accidents. In 2020, he obtained the largest single plaintiff verdict in the history of the State of Wisconsin, when a Racine County jury awarded his client $38.16 million, for injury caused by a defectively designed driver’s seat in his 2013 Hyundai Elantra. (See News Story) 

Although he was born, raised, and works in southeastern Wisconsin, Tim has earned a national reputation as a successful plaintiff’s trial lawyer. Tim’s successes have been so noteworthy that they have been chronicled in papers such as the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle and dozens of other publications.