Drowsy Driving – New Technology May Help in Drowsy Driving Cases – BATON ROUGE, Louisiana. According to the personal injury lawyers at Laborde Earles: Injury Lawyers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, several factors must be met in order for a person to have a case. Today’s guest blog is by The Laborde Earles Law Firm in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
New Technology May Help in Drowsy Driving Cases
Victims of car accidents must show that they have been injured, must show that the injury resulted in financial loss, and finally, must show that the other driver was negligent in the accident. Showing financial loss and injury isn’t always a challenge, especially when individuals are seriously hurt. However, proving negligence can sometimes be difficult, especially if the other driver was sleepy behind the wheel.
After all, there is no breath test, blood test, or roadside test that can prove that another driver was fatigued. While safety organizations warn drivers about the risk of driving while drowsy, there are no explicit laws that prevent a person who has had no sleep from getting behind the wheel. (This is not the case for truck drivers because there are federal hours of service laws that limit how long commercial drivers can be behind the wheel.) Yet, there are no laws that limit how long a driver can remain behind the wheel. This is dangerous.
According to the New York Times, in 2015 alone, drowsy driving resulted in 824 deaths. These numbers don’t begin to account for the number of people injured or seriously injured due to drowsy driving.
All of these concerns might change thanks to new technology being released by automakers. According to the New York Times, several automakers are offering drowsiness detection systems in their vehicles. These systems monitor the vehicle’s movements as well as the time and can warn drivers when they may be sleepy behind the wheel. One of the risks of drowsy driving is that drivers may not always be aware of how sleepy they are.
Another company is offering a system with sensors in the seat that could monitor a person’s heart rate, warning them when their heart rate suggests that attention may be waning. The system monitors the driver and when breathing and heart rate reach levels; similar to a person who has been sleeping, the car’s warning system is initiated. Some of these cars are also equipped with autonomous driving systems that could take over if a driver were to lose control. Other artificial intelligence systems could “learn” a driver’s typical behavior and warn him or her when her behavior is outside the realm of what is typical.
The longer drowsy drivers remain behind the wheel, the less likely they may be to stop because they become less aware of their exhaustion. One company is even offering free coffee to drivers who stop when their warning system detects tiredness.
According to DrowsyDriving.org, as many as one million crashes may be the result of fatigue. With no reliable testing method and with unreliable police reporting systems, identifying negligent tired drivers can be difficult.
But it is not impossible. The personal injury attorneys at Laborde Earles: Injury Lawyers in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Marksville, Louisiana, work closely with victims and families to identify factors that may have resulted in the other driver’s negligence. Our firm can use both technology and also time-tested methods to gather evidence. We can ask the tough questions. Did the accident take place late at night? Did the driver stop for coffee? How long had the driver been on the road before the accident took place? How many miles had he or she driven? Determining fault due to drowsy driving can be tough—but it is possible—with a good lawyer on your side.