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DOT sets goal of reaching zero traffic deaths

People in New York might be interested in learning that the federal government has set a goal to reduce traffic fatalities to zero within 30 years. The Department of Transportation outlined its plan in an official announcement on Oct. 5.

The U.S. Transportation Secretary stated that the DOT would first focus on campaigns targeting drunk and distracted driving, seat belt use and the installation of rumble strips. He said that technological advancements and autonomous cars can help make a zero-fatality rate possible. Autonomous vehicles are designed to eliminate human error, which is considered responsible for 94 percent of all accidents.

In 2015, traffic fatalities increased by 7.2 percent. The National Safety Council stated that the rate appears to be increasing more rapidly. According to the NSC, the first six months of 2016 had a 9 percent higher rate of deaths than during the initial six months of 2015. Sweden was the first country to set a goal of zero traffic fatalities in 1997. Several cities in the U.S. have adopted similar plans on their own.

A car accident has the potential to cause life-altering injuries. When a person is seriously injured in an accident caused by another driver's error, the victim may file a personal injury lawsuit. Through a lawsuit, the plaintiff might be able to hold the at-fault driver liable for the negligence. This may allow the plaintiff to recover damages and be fairly compensated for any losses. The amount of damages will depend on the facts of the case and the extent of the injuries. A personal injury attorney might calculate a settlement range so that the client has an idea of what to expect.

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