Remember those advertising campaigns in the 1990s about appointing a designated driver when you went out drinking with a group of friends? Unless you were one of a group of tourists drinking in the French Quarter of New Orleans, where the people watching scene is exhilarating even if you are sober, being a designated driver is a thankless job, rather like watching videos of a party you were not invited too, except that you have to sit through the boring parts as well as the fun parts. Imagine if a car could be your designated driver. Even the most starry-eyed autonomous vehicle bloggers have started to admit that we are years away from being able to rely on driverless cars, but cars that can correct people’s mistakes in time to prevent a crash are already here, preventing some collisions and causing others. Are smart cars smart enough to save drunk drivers from themselves? Even if they are, they cannot help you if you have already been injured in a DWI accident, but a Houma car accident lawyer can.
Artificial Intelligence Versus Liquid Courage
Autonomous vehicle features like lane assist and automatic braking can help drivers correct their mistakes before the mistake causes a collision. They do this no matter the cause of the mistake. This means that they are equally effective at saving drunk drivers, distracted drivers, and inexperienced drivers from themselves. Drunk drivers are more likely even than the other risk groups to make mistakes such as veering out of their lane or failing to slow down in time to avoid a collision.
A car technology that specifically targets drunk driving already exists, namely the ignition interlock device. An ignition interlock device is a breathalyzer device affixed to the car, and if it detects, based on the driver’s breath, that the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is beyond the legal limit of 0.08, the car’s engine will not start. The ignition interlock devices that the courts order drivers to install in their cars consist of a tube attached to the steering wheel; the driver must blow into it before the car starts. Some more advanced devices measure the driver’s BAC through the ambient air in the driver’s seat area inside the car; in other words, they can tell the difference between a car with a drunk driver and one with a sober driver and a drunk passenger. Some members have proposed making ambient breathalyzer devices a standard feature of cars. We are unlikely to see laws requiring these any time soon, because there is so much public resistance to them, but Baby Boomers and Generation X remember how much people complained about seatbelt laws when those started.
Contact the Law Office of Patrick H. Yancey About Car Accidents Involving Autonomous Vehicle Technology
A car accident lawyer can help you if the at-fault driver’s mistake was so egregious that semi-autonomous vehicle technology was unable to prevent it. Contact the Law Office of Patrick H. Yancey in Houma, Louisiana to see if you have grounds for a lawsuit.