Nearly a third of all fatal road accidents are associated with fatigue, so it is good news to hear that these accidents could soon be limited thanks to new technology involving sensors. The system has been tested to monitor changes in the heartbeat and breathing of the person driving. There is a sensor in the seatbelt and other sensors in the back of the seat they are sitting in.
Extensive research has been undertaken on the subject of fatigue. When a driver is feeling tired their heartbeat typically slows down. The variable rate of the heartbeat also changes, and this is another aspect that can be monitored by the sensors. The idea is that by monitoring the heart rate and breathing of the driver, the equipment can alert the driver if it senses they are becoming tired. If this technology becomes widespread in the future it could help prevent many fatigue-related accidents. Avoidance is always the best way to prevent accidents, and since thousands of people are killed across the EU every year as a result of fatigue-related accidents, this could be a big safety feature you will see in cars of the future.
Would you be entitled to compensation if you were injured in a road accident?
It all depends on what happened and who was responsible. If you were involved in an accident that was someone else’s fault – perhaps another driver who was clearly fatigued for example – you may be entitled to make such a claim. No two accidents are ever quite the same so it is advisable to seek legal advice prior to considering this course of action. Oftentimes a no win, no fee* case can be made if enough evidence exists to suggest you have a good chance of winning it.
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Our team of professional injury compensation lawyers are here to give you no-obligation advice concerning your accident and injuries. They can consider your situation and what happened and see whether there is evidence of negligence that will back up your claim. Call them today on our free 24/7 enquiry line – 0800 689 0500 – so you can see whether a claim is valid. You have three years from the date of the accident in which to get in touch, so time is of the essence. With our help you may be able to claim compensation.