Faraci Lange Partner, Matthew F. Belanger, recently resolved an auto accident case for a Rochester woman who collided into an oncoming vehicle that failed to yield the plaintiff’s right of way when making a left turn directly in front of her, totaling her car and causing serious injuries including fracture of the toe, sternum, multiple ribs, and a boutonniere deformity of the left small finger.
In a research paper published this week in the American Journal of Public Health, University of Michigan researchers estimate that alcohol related deaths, injuries, and the billions spent in accident related costs would all but disappear with mandatory alcohol interlock installation.
According the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), over 10,000 Americans are killed each year in alcohol related motor vehicle accidents. Mandatory installation of alcohol interlocks in motor vehicles would help to prevent car crashes and save literally thousands of lives each year.
An ignition interlock is an after-market device installed in a motor vehicle to prevent a driver from operating the vehicle if the driver has been drinking. Before starting the vehicle, a driver must breath into the device and if the drier’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above a pre-set limit of set point, the ignition interlock will not allow the vehicle to start.
The technology has been around for a long time and over the years, interlocks have “become more accurate, reliable, available, and less costly to install…” according to the NHTSA. In fact, many states, including New York, require convicted drunk drivers to have alcohol interlocks installed in their vehicles as a condition of allowing them back on the road.
Mandatory installation of alcohol interlocks at the point of manufacture would require Federal action. With the potential to save thousands of lives and billions of dollars each year, it may well be that alcohol interlocks become the next ‘airbag’ safety movement.
Faraci Lange Partner, John A. Falk, successfully resolved a claim for a Rochester woman who was seriously injured as the result of a car accident. The client’s car was struck on the driver’s side door by the defendant who failed to yield traffic while making a left-hand turn. The client sustained injuries to her lumbar spine resulting in extensive lumbar surgery.
Please visit our Auto Accidents page if you have questions or concerns regarding such personal injury claims and would like to learn more about our services.