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Government plan aims to make Missouri roads safer

On Oct. 5, the Transportation Department unveiled a plan that would eliminate traffic injuries and fatalities in the United States in the next 30 years. This would be accomplished by focusing on increased seat belt use as well as campaigns aimed at educating drivers about distracted and drunk driving. It is also thought that the advent of driverless cars will make it easier to eliminate traffic injuries and fatalities.

Currently, human error is the cause of 94 percent of all traffic accidents, which means removing human drivers may significantly reduce motor vehicle crashes. According to information released by the National Safety Council in August, road deaths have increased by 9 percent compared to the first six months of last year. In 2015, road deaths increased at a rate of 7.2 percent from 2014, which is what inspired the plan of action.

According to the federal agency, industry leaders and drivers will need to come together to rethink how they view traffic and vehicle safety. In addition to the federal program, similar roadway safety initiatives have been started in American cities, and a plan called Project Zero was implemented in Sweden in 1997.

Nobody plans to cause an auto accident. However, it may still result in an injured victim having to miss work for prolonged periods and to spend several months in the hospital or recovering in an outpatient program. Therefore, victims may want to talk with an attorney about their rights to obtain compensation for their losses related to the crash. An attorney might help establish that negligence on the part of another driver caused the accident to occur.

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