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Monday, October 31, 2016

Will Traffic Deaths Soon Be a Thing of the Past?

How is the United States government planning to eliminate traffic deaths in the future?

Motor vehicle accidents are currently a leading cause of death in the United States, killing a reported 30,000 Americans annually.  By the year 2046, however, traffic deaths may be no more.  Within the next thirty years, the United States government hopes to eliminate all traffic fatalities and injuries.  The Transportation Department has developed a plan that focuses first on promoting vehicle safety through increased seat belt use, campaigns against distracted and drunk driving, and the use of rumble strips.  In the coming years, the government anticipates that self-driving vehicles will lead the way in preventing accidents. 

Current Surge in Traffic Deaths

The motivation behind the Obama administration’s zero deaths plan is a recent surge in road deaths.  Last year, the country experienced an over seven percent rise in traffic accident fatalities.  This year is on track for an even larger surge of more than nine percent.  In the face of these troubling statistics, the Transportation Department wants to take action to prevent future deaths. 

Removing Human Error to Prevent Fatal Accidents

Human error is the number one cause of car accidents, estimated to be a factor in 94 percent of all traffic crashes.  Accordingly, if we can eliminate human error, we can potentially prevent the vast majority of car accidents.  Self-driving vehicles and other advanced technologies can take human error out of the equation. Technology holds the potential to change the way in which we travel for the better.  Thoroughly tested self-driving vehicles could revolutionize our nation and prevent the deaths of over 30,000 people annually. 

Until then, if you are injured in a car accident or lose a loved one in a collision, contact New York City car accident lawyer Arthur Tisi.  Arthur Tisi will fight to get you the compensation you deserve, including coverage for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.  Contact NY car accident attorney Arthur Tisi 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 1 (917) 789-1390 to schedule your free consultation. 


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