Transportation Department announces new traffic safety plans

Drivers in the New York City metro area might be able to look forward to safer roads within the next three decades. Reacting to a 7.2 percent increase in traffic fatalities for 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a plan to eliminate deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents within 30 years. The plan is based on one that originated in Sweden and has since spread to other countries and cities.

It is estimated that about 94 percent of motor vehicle accidents are a result of human error. Therefore, experts predict that the adoption of fully autonomous vehicles with modern safety features might be able to eliminate crashes entirely. Initially, the Transportation Department plan will concentrate on raising awareness about the importance of seat belt use and the dangers of drunk and distracted driving. As the development of autonomous vehicles increases, the agency will promote and encourage the use of these safer cars.

New estimates released by the National Safety Council show that 2016 could show another increase in traffic fatalities. The U.S. Transportation Secretary called on industry, safety advocates, drivers and others to commit to road safety in the years ahead.

A person may suffer serious injuries due to a negligent driver. An injured person might assume that after a car accident, the insurance company of the responsible motorist will cover costs such as medical expenses and vehicle damage. However, insurance companies may offer far less in compensation than a person needs. An attorney might be able to negotiate for more compensation. If necessary, a lawyer could file a lawsuit on the victim's behalf.

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