Federal Regulators Form Coalition to End all Traffic Deaths
Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Oct 11, 2016 in Car Accidents
In response to the largest year-over-year increase in traffic fatalities since 1966, federal regulators have announced their commitment to ending traffic deaths.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will join the National Safety Council (NSC) to form the Road to Zero Coalition, with the goal of ending traffic fatalities in the next 30 years.
For the next three years, the Department of Transportation will dedicate $1 million per year in grants to organizations working to prevent car accident deaths.
The coalition will also promote proven strategies for saving lives on roadways, including:
- Using seatbelts
- Truck safety
- Rumble strips
- Campaigns to change dangerous driving behaviors
In general, the coalition will be looking for ways to make sure that common human mistakes do not cause deaths on the road.
Federal regulators are optimistic about achieving a dramatic reduction in traffic fatalities, especially given how quickly autonomous vehicles and other safety technologies are being used on our roads.
One day, there will be no car accident deaths on our roads, sidewalks or bicycle paths, says FHWA Deputy Administrator David Kim.
Disturbing Trends in Traffic Deaths
NHTSA data released in August revealed that traffic deaths increased more than seven percent from 2014 to 2015, as 35,092 people lost their lives in car accidents.
The trend appears to be continuing this year, as NSC data shows that traffic fatalities have increased by nine percent in the first half of 2016 compared to the first half of 2015.
These accidents are often caused by the negligent or intentional actions of other drivers. That means that victims may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
The experienced car accident lawyers at D'Amico & Pettinicchi will review your claim via a free consultation to inform you of all of your legal options.