Every day in Connecticut, people who have consumed alcohol climb into their vehicles and drive because they think they are “fine.” Unfortunately, many of these people are anything but “fine,” and their decision to get behind the wheel turns deadly. However, new technology in the form of the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety could change that.
The Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization reports that, within the next year, a test vehicle equipped with the DADSS technology in both breath- and touch-based forms could be released. The on-board system aims to prevent cars from starting if the driver has a blood alcohol concentration higher than 0.08 percent.
The New York Daily News explains the basics of how this in-vehicle alcohol detector would work. Vehicles would be equipped with one of two alcohol testing devices: tissue spectrometry or distant spectrometry. This first type of technology works when the driver presses a button which measures alcohol content from the skin of the finger. The second is a breath test conducted by a sensor near the steering wheel. The systems are intended to let drivers know in less than one second if their blood alcohol level is above or below 0.08 percent, which is the legal limit in the United States.
The $10 million project, which has been funded by 16 automobile manufacturers and by the federal government, is still several years from completion. Nevertheless, scientists working on the project believe it has the potential to significantly reduce alcohol-related fatalities in the United States.
Even if you’ve never been hit by a drunk-driver or experienced the painful loss of a loved one due to drinking and driving, chances are you know how devastating it can be. That’s because you know that drunk-driving accidents typically result in serious or catastrophic injuries. You also know that they can lead to the death of friends and family members as well.
Even though drunk-driving accidents can result in criminal charges, which can then lead to litigation and serious penalties, some accident victims may not deem this enough justice. That’s because most accident victims, as well as their families, believe that they are owed compensation from the at-fault party. This compensation, most believe, should cover damages to the victim’s vehicle as well as medical expenses now and down the road if necessary.
Because drunk-driving is negligent driving here in New Jersey — and across the country — it’s crucial for all of our readers to remember that drunk driving can lead to compensation if victims and their families so choose to take legal action. On top of compensatory damages, which cover damages to the vehicle and its passengers, some individuals also seek punitive damages, which hold the negligent driver even more responsible for their actions.
As is the case with any type of litigation, filing a personal injury lawsuit can be challenging, especially if you don’t understand the legal system very well. Talking to a lawyer before filing a claim is always considered a good idea in these situations. That’s because a good personal injury attorney will have the experience needed to take on the case and get the compensation a victim needs and deserves.
At Cooper Levenson, P.A., we fight for our client’s right to compensation after a serious accident or wrongful death. We understand how damaging drunk-driving accidents can be and how painful they are for those experiencing them, which is why we seek the level of compensation our clients need in order to move on from the experience and get on with their lives starting on the right foot.