2015 was the deadliest year for roadway accidents in almost a decade. According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), deaths caused by motor-vehicle accidents increased by around 8 percent to 35,200. This number may be even higher by the end of 2016. In light of this epidemic, President Barack Obama’s administration has put forward a plan, one that aims to end car accident deaths by the mid-2040s. The plan, dubbed Road to Zero, will rely on sufficient federal funding as well as continued technological advancements to make vehicles and roadways safer.
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Road to Zero has a simple goal, to end roadway fatalities by the year 2040. As anyone might assume, this is no easy task. It will require input from drivers, industry leaders, safety organizations, and all levels of government. Initially, the plan will hone in on mitigating traffic dangers. These include safer intersections, increased seatbelt use, improved driver’s education, and spreading awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.
From there, it is hoped that technological advancements will make a significant impact. The introduction of self-driving cars is expected to make roadways much safer, as human error will be taken out of the equation. Self-driving passenger vehicles are currently being developed by numerous automakers. Certain companies, such as Uber, are even creating self-driving semi-trucks. These commercial vehicles will be speed-limited and more aware of their surroundings.
According to the United States Department of transportation, 17,775 people were killed in roadway accidents between January and June of 2016. That is a 10 percent increase from the number of deaths in the first half of 2015. In terms of age groups, those between the ages of 21 and 24 had the highest fatality rate and the highest injury rate. On a global scale, approximately 1.3 million people die in car accidents each year. This means that 3,287 people are killed in these accidents each day, on average.
A traffic fatality can have a devastating impact on your life. Whether you lost a friend or a loved one, the pain may never truly cease. At the very least, you may be able to seek justice for the deceased by filing a lawsuit against those responsible for the accident. With the help of Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.’s highly skilled Chicago wrongful death attorneys, you may be able to obtain compensation for the loss that you and your family have experienced.
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