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Safety council says American's roads are becoming deadlier

According to the National Safety Council, America’s roads and highways are becoming more dangerous. In 2016, the cost of traffic injuries, property damage and fatalities increased by 12 percent from 2015. Unfortunately, the NSC does not characterize this increase as an isolated incident, but believes it to be part of a larger trend that began in 2007.

As a personal injury law firm, we know firsthand the devastation that can result from a motor vehicle accident. An injured victim of another driver’s negligence has medical expenses, lost wages, potential long-term consequences from decreased productivity or chronic pain, property damage, and other costs that must be settled. An attorney can utilize a civil personal injury lawsuit to seek the compensation that a victim deserves.

Notably, the NSC believes that the United States must take more proactive action to road safety. The NSC believes that Americans have actually not kept pace with safety protocols that other countries have developed to address traffic fatalities.

The NSC’s proposals to reduce traffic fatalities include mandatory ignition interlocks, tougher driver licensing requirements for drivers under the age of 21, and motorcycle helmet laws. Additional proposals include primary enforcement of seat belt laws, automated enforcement through speed cameras, and additional safety features in cars, such as lane deviation warning systems.

A lawyer is often needed to fight for justice after a crash. The process of gathering evidence, responding to insurance claims, and preparing a legal strategy takes time. Our New York City law firm has helped many crash victims seek compensation for their injuries, pain and suffering, medical bills and other costs. 

Source: Claims Journal, “40,000 Traffic Fatalities a Year Prompts National Safety Council to Issue a Call for Action,” Feb. 16, 2017

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