Plans for Volvos to detect drunk driving behaviors

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Starting in 2020, Volvo drivers in Texas and around the country will be able to purchase vehicles that do not go faster than 112 miles per hour, and over the next few years, the cars will come with additional safety technology to prevent accidents that result from drunk driving. Volvo made both announcements in March. The company said it is focused on seeing that accidents do not happen at all rather than on mitigating their severity.

With the use of sensors and cameras, the cars will monitor behaviors that suggest the driver may be intoxicated and take action. Failing to steer or closing eyes for a long period of team, weaving and very slow reaction time will all prompt action from the car. This could include stopping safely and parking.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there is an average of almost 30 deaths each day from drunk driving. More than 10,000 people died in motor vehicle accidents related to alcohol in 2017.

A motor vehicle accident may lead to life-changing injuries. A person who causes an accident because of drunk driving might face criminal charges. The person might also be held responsible for the expenses of injured victims. Usually, the person's insurance company pays these expenses, but a victim might struggle to collect enough compensation if the driver was underinsured or if the insurance company offers too little. An attorney might be able to assist through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit seeking damages for medical bills, lost wages, and other amounts.

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