Car Accident Lawyer in Baltimore Discusses New Technology That Focuses on Drowsy Driving

Any type of driving that takes focus away from the road causes accidents. While most people know the dangers of drunk driving or texting, they do not realize that drowsy driving contributes to accidents that result in about 40,000 injuries and 1,550 fatalities each year. Nothing can replace proper rest, but new technologies may help reduce the risk by alerting drivers who do not always recognize their reduced capacity to operate a vehicle.

According to Edmunds.com, crash-avoidance technology appeared in some higher-end vehicles as early as 2007. The trend continues to increase in popularity, and in 2013, we can expect to start seeing similar technology available in more moderately priced vehicles, as Ford introduces it in certain models.
The functionality of systems differs even though it generally relies on cameras and sensors. In some cases, the system warns drivers when they veer out of their traffic lane. Other systems warn drivers or even apply brakes to help prevent rear-end accidents. One system even analyzes driver behavior at the beginning of a trip and identifies behavioral variances based on the initial analysis.

 

Not enough time or usage exists to arrive at meaningful statistics about the effectiveness of crash-avoidance and other, similar technologies. But drivers need to understand that simply responding to warnings issued by their vehicles does not solve the problem of drowsy driving. They must take appropriate action to get the rest they need as soon as possible, whether that means stopping for coffee or getting sleep before continuing their trips. Anyone who sustains injuries due to the drowsy driving of others on the road needs to contact an experienced car accident lawyer in Baltimore at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. who has the resources needed to conduct thorough investigations for these potentially complex cases. Let us fight for you.