Impaired drivers can be all around us. Unfortunately, we don’t always know it until it is too late and they cause an accident. However, that could change in the future, thanks to developing technology that could stop impaired drivers before they hurt themselves or others.
Tech pulls over unresponsive drivers
Sources report that technology is being developed and implemented in a small number of vehicles that can automatically pull a car over if a driver is unresponsive.
The reasons for a person to be unresponsive include:
- Suffering a medical event
- Falling asleep
- Being impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Getting distracted
If a driver is experiencing any of these, they may be unresponsive in that they may not be using their steering wheel, brakes or gas pedal. If the tech senses this, it will alert the driver by sounding an alarm. If that does not prompt a response, the vehicle will steer itself to the side of the road and shut off.
This technological advancement could get impaired drivers off the road as safely as possible.
Other ways of preventing impaired driving accidents
As exciting as this new technology may be, it is not widely available in the U.S. yet, and whether it will be a standard feature in the future remains to be seen.
In the meantime, other actions can be necessary to prevent impaired drivers from causing accidents.
Perhaps the most effective way to do this is never to drive if you are impaired. Drivers have options – they can pull over if they are tired, call a sober driver or opt for public transportation if they cannot drive safely.
Not everyone will make the right choice, though. Too many get behind the wheel and wind up causing an accident they very likely could have prevented. In these situations, victims can call 814-833-2222 to discuss the legal remedies available with the attorneys at the Quinn Law Firm.