In 2018, there were more than 40,000 deaths due to automobile accidents on America’s roadways. More than 10,000 of those deaths can be attributed to drunk driving. Unfortunately, people who live in Pennsylvania and other states throughout the country have become accustomed to these high numbers. In fact, many accidents don’t even make the news.
While there doesn’t appear to be a single solution that will solve this problem, new technologies may help significantly lower the risks. One of these technologies is ignition interlock devices. These products, which are now used in more than 28 states, require convicted drunk drivers to use a breathalyzer before being able to operate their vehicles. If the driver’s blood alcohol level is above a predetermined limit, the vehicle will not start.
Other automotive technologies, including advanced driver assist systems (ADAS), promise to help reduce accidents and deaths from drunk driving. ADAS and crash-avoidance technologies use automatic braking and steering to avoid potential collisions that humans may have not detected. Many companies are trying to create autonomous vehicles using these types of technologies. Ride-share companies claim that their services will also help reduce drunk driving incidents by offering a transpiration alternative.
Someone who has been hurt by a drunk driver may be able to get compensation for their injuries, property damage and pain and suffering. A lawyer can help a victim evaluate the circumstances of an accident to find out if seeking legal action is in their best interests. If a case is viable, legal counsel could negotiate for a settlement with the applicable insurance agencies.