A recent surge in traffic fatalities is garnering the attention of government officials. In October, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a new partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Safety Council (NSC). Together, the agencies will work toward a lofty goal – zero traffic fatalities on American roads by 2046 – as part of their “Road to Zero” initiative.
The emphasis for regulators will be on changing the way drivers think about motor safety. To that end, the U.S. DOT has pledged $1 million annually over the next three years to assist organizations devoted to lifesaving programs. While some groups spread a traditional message, such as the importance of using seat belts and sober driving, other organizations that stand to benefit from DOT funding pursue a more forward-thinking approach to making roads safer. These approaches include, but are not limited to, the use of automated vehicles which anticipate danger and ward off car accidents before they can even occur.
On a national scale, 2015 represented the largest increase in traffic fatalities since 1966. Data from the NHTSA also indicates that during the first half of 2016, fatal car accidents across the country rose ten percent over the same time period in 2015. By examining all scenarios and factors that contribute to traffic fatalities, the new NHTSA, FHA, FMCSA, and NSC collaboration could yield real results at a time when they are desperately needed.
Technology is evolving and may someday lead to accident-free American roadways. Until then drivers and their passengers remain at risk. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, defective vehicle, or faulty road design, contact the Philadelphia car accident lawyers at Galfand Berger. We will fight for your family and secure compensation for your injuries. Call 800-222-8792 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. With offices in Philadelphia, Reading, Lancaster and Bethlehem, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.