Attorney with The Hale Law Firm Comments on Auto Safety Regulation Push
Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2014 - Automobile safety regulators are pushing for new devices that may help prevent driver error, the cause of many car accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTA) is making a push for new equipment that will help prevent collisions, immobilize cars if the driver is impaired and prevent automobiles from starting if seat belts are not fastened.
“There is no question that human error is behind most automobile collisions,” said John D. Hale, a Waxahachie car accident attorney. “Any type of new technology that can help reduce mistakes should be welcomed by automakers and drivers alike.”
According to the Safety Administration, 90 percent of automobile collisions involve some element of human error. The agency is pushing for the new equipment as part of an initiative to reduce traffic fatalities.
Although automakers have a record of resisting safety initiatives when they are first introduced (as they did with seat belts, air bags and the more recent backup cameras), manufacturers seem to be supportive of this latest push.
Auto safety experts and the insurance industry are also welcoming the new devices, saying they will lead to fewer injuries, deaths and insurance claims.
Much of the technology already exists. Cars already chime when a seat belt is not buckled, and automakers know how to link that system to the transmission to prevent the car from operating. Collision warning and automatic braking systems are already optional features on many cars.
Now a coalition of automakers is working with the Safety Administration to develop a Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety. The system would measure blood alcohol content using air sensors in the vehicle cabin, and then prevent the car from starting if it detects that the driver is above the legal limit.
Not everyone supports this new technology. The restaurant industry is among the groups complaining of government overreach. Analysts predict that the devices could add hundreds of dollars to the cost of vehicles. There is always the potential for technology to malfunction. One analyst suggested that the devices might pick up alcohol on the breath of passengers, preventing a sober driver from transporting them home.
The Hale Law Firm
100 Executive Court, Suite 3
Waxahachie, TX 75165
View Larger Map
- Texan Government and Legal Professionals Offer Tips for Safe and Happy Driving This Holiday Season
Year after year, Texas leads the nation in traffic fatalities due to drunk driving. Add to that the still-growing spike in fatal crashes due to the energy boom, and Texans have good reason to think carefully about staying safe on the road this holiday season. Auto accidents can be financially, emotionally and physically devastating, especially during the holidays. Fortunately, it is easy to reduce the risk of being involved in a crash. Stay off the road after 1:00 a.m. Most drunk driving accidents occur between 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. Even if most people drive sober, inevitably, some will not. […]
- Stunning Breakthrough Offers Hope for Paralyzed Spinal Cord Injury Patients
An electrical stimulation implant has helped four paralyzed men regain the ability to move their legs. The device, called an epidural spine stimulator, was implanted in the men as part of a study undertaken by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Louisville. One of the patients in the study, Kent Stephenson, is from Mount Pleasant, Texas. At 21, he was involved in a motocross accident that left him without sensation or motor control from the chest down. Today, he can move his legs, stand on his own and distinguish between types of touch. In addition, […]
- Expert Links Football Players’ Concussions to Behavioral Problems, Slams NFL Settlement Deal
A brain injury expert from Boston University is speaking out for players he feels have been unfairly excluded from a settlement deal in the class action lawsuit against the NFL over the health effects of play-related brain injury. Robert Stern filed an affidavit with the court and then took his story to the press, telling The Associated Press (AP) that the compensation in the settlement may be going to the wrong people. Stern told AP reporters that behavioral problems, including domestic violence, drug addiction and suicide, can all be caused by chronic traumatic encephalopathy — also known as CTE — […]
- More Controversy Appears in Case Questioning Highway Guardrail Safety
A mistrial has been declared in a federal lawsuit which alleges that some highway guardrails across the country pose a deadly risk to drivers. The lawsuit was filed by a whistleblower alleging that guardrails produced by Trinity Industries, a Texas-based guardrail manufacturer, are malfunctioning and killing drivers. The lawsuit further charges that the guardrail defect is the result of a product change that the company hid from the government and safety inspectors. The judge dismissed the case over what he found to be “inappropriate conduct” on both sides, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The judge suggested […]
- Texas Named Among the 10 Most Dangerous States for Pedestrians
A new report on fatalities from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that Texas is one of the most dangerous states for pedestrians. In 2012, the rate of pedestrian fatalities in Texas was 1.83 per 100,000 population — meaning that nearly two out of every 100,000 Texans were struck and killed by a motor vehicle in 2012. This figure makes Texas the 10th most dangerous state for pedestrians. Experts agree that infrastructure is a key element in pedestrian safety, and the American Society of Civil Engineers claims that in 2012, nearly 40 percent of Texas roadways were […]