Bull & Reinhardt, PLLC
Free Consultations* 828-348-8053

Complex Cases. Clear Results.

New technology to monitor driver behavior

Starting in 2020, North Carolina motorists will be able to purchase Volvos that will not exceed a speed of 112 miles per hour. By the early 2020s, the company will begin rolling out safety features that detect certain driver behaviors. These are part of an overall effort by the company to cut down on accidents caused by drunk driving.

The company says it is focusing on prevention rather than minimizing how severe accidents are. Volvo will begin to equip its cars with cameras and sensors that detect when drivers close their eyes or do not look at the road for a significant time. The technology will also monitor whether drivers have not steered for some time and slow reaction times. The cars may take action in response, such as by reducing speed or even parking in a safe spot.

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that drunk driving around the country kills an average of nearly 30 people daily. In 2017, a total of 10,874 people died in alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents. The actions that the cars will monitor are also typical of distracted drivers, and the technology may reduce crashes caused by that negligent behavior as well.

Pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, other drivers and passengers are all at risk from people who are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or who are not paying attention while behind the wheel. The injuries that result from these types of accidents can be serious, and the victims may be due compensation for their expenses and other costs, such as lost wages. If the responsible driver's insurance company's offer is insufficient, a lawsuit might be the next step.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Avvo Rating Superb Top Attorney Family
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb Top Attorney
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • The national top 40 under 40 trial lawyers
  • BV LexisNexis | martindale-Hubbell Distinguished For ethical standards and legal ability
Email Us For a Response

Tell Us How We Can Help You

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Bull & Reinhardt, PLLC
160 E. Chestnut Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Phone: 828-348-8053
Fax: 828-254-5166
Asheville Law Office Map

Follow us on