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Volvo hopes new safety technology will reduce drunk driving

Connecticut drivers may be able to purchase Volvos with additional safety features starting in the early 2020s. The company says it hopes to focus its safety efforts on avoiding accidents instead of mitigating the effects of a crash after it happens.

Volvo's new in-car safety technology will monitor drivers with cameras and sensors to detect signs of drunk or distracted driving. The system will note whether drivers are weaving from one lane to another or if they close their eyes. It will also monitor whether the driver has a very slow reaction time or has not touched the steering wheel for a long period.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 10,874 people died in drunk driving accidents in 2017. That adds up to almost 30 people dying daily in motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers. As another part of its efforts to curb such accidents, Volvo will soon start capping the speed threshold of its vehicles at 112 miles per hour.

When car accidents happen, it is important to identify the cause and who is responsible. In some cases, a victim may be able to file a claim for damages. An attorney could help the crash victim with this process. The at-fault party's insurance company may dispute the costs. For example, some injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, may not cause immediate symptoms. The insurance company might then try to claim that the injury is unrelated. An attorney could negotiate with the insurance company or may assist in filing a lawsuit. If an out-of-court settlement is offered, the attorney might be able to advise regarding its acceptability.

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