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Volvo will add monitors to detect drunk driving behaviors

Starting in the early 2020s, North Carolina motorists can expect some cutting edge safety features in Volvo vehicles. The car manufacturer claims that the technology is aimed at preventing accidents rather than protecting passengers from inevitable crashes.

Cameras and sensors will monitor driver behaviors that indicate being distracted or intoxicated and take action if necessary. Potential signs include closed eyes and a lack of steering input for a long time. The monitors will also check for extreme lane weaving and very slow reactions. Cars may take control to limit speed or even pull over and park. In addition, future Volvo vehicles will no longer be able to exceed 112 mph

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 10,874 people died in accidents involving drunk drivers in 2017. Almost 30 people are killed each day in alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents. Volvo says it's committed to reducing the dangers created by drivers who are under the influence.

When negligent or reckless drivers injure others, legal action may be warranted. At-fault parties may be liable for medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering. If the motorist was working when the accident occurred, the applicable employer may be liable as well. Usually, the driver's insurance company is supposed to compensate the injured party. However, the driver may be uninsured, or the insurance company's offer may be inadequate. The insurance company might also dispute who is at fault. An attorney may be able to assist an injured person in getting compensation and pursuing a lawsuit if necessary.

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