» Attorney with The Hale Law Firm Comments on Auto Safety Regulation Push

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
Call: 888.425.3911


View Larger Map

  • 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 […]
  • Care Needed: Texas Hospital Safety Fluctuates Dramatically by Institution
    Preventable medical complications acquired at the hospital have become all too familiar in American life. In Texas, the truth about complications is, well, even more complicated.  In Maine, a high-performing state, most hospitals – more than 70 percent – perform at the highest levels of safety. But in Texas, only 28 percent of hospitals perform that well, according to a national panel of hospital safety experts. A major new study from the Dallas Morning News confirms that in Texas, preventable complication rates vary widely from individual hospital to hospital. The Texas Patient Safety Check revealed Dallas Regional Medical Center to […]
  • Troubling News Emerges from 2013’s West Fertilizer Plant Explosion
    Although it has been over a year since the explosion at the West Fertilizer Company killed 15, new reports on the tragedy are still surfacing. In the first official public health report, county officials have indicated that injuries were more severe than previously known. The report also suggests that many injuries may have been missed in the initial chaos following the explosion. This new report, issued by the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, finds that more than one in five of those injured by the explosion experienced traumatic brain injury (TBI) or concussion. The report also states “some injuries, particularly […]

See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: , , , , ,



Get headlines from Law Firm Newswire sent right to your inbox.

* indicates required