Recently, myFoxDetroit.com reported that there is a new technology coming to Ford automobiles that helps to detect when a driver is drowsy. According to the article, 40 percent of drivers say they have fallen asleep while operating a vehicle. This alarming statistic is what motivated companies such as Ford to create new technology to prevent accidents. The system recognizes the lane lines, and when a driver starts to alter their path from that of the lane lines, the car sends alarms to wake the driver up. By using cameras, and alarms, vibrations in the steering wheel, and the program helps to keep drowsy driver safe on the road.
Our Illinois car accident attorneys encourage further development of this type of technology, because when someone drives drowsy, they don’t only endanger their own safety, but also the safety of others on the road. As mentioned in some of our previous blog posts, organizations such as DrowsyDriving.org offer some helpful resources and alarming facts that should encourage readers to avoid driving drowsy. Some warning signs that drivers should avoid driving include:
• Difficulty focusing • Heavy eyes or head • Inability to pay attention to the road • Yawning often • Lane drifting • Or feeling restless
In order to prevent accidents and possible injury, our readers should always make sure they are well rested before driving, and if you are driving on a long road trip, it is important to take frequent breaks. If you do feel any of the warning signs of drowsiness approaching, make sure to pull over and get the necessary rest. Remember, caffeine and other stimulants are no substitute for sleep.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a driver who fell asleep behind the wheel, contact our Chicago car accident lawyers to see how we may be able to help you. We have successfully handled many cases involving negligent drivers, and a lawsuit would not only help you to receive fair compensation, but can also to bring attention to the seriousness of driving drowsy. Being involved in this type of accident can result in serious injury, which can also mean expensive medical bills, or not being able to work for a period time. Therefore it is important to seek compensation for the harms caused. Please contact us to discuss your potential lawsuit.