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Government plan aims to end traffic injuries, deaths

An ambitious plan to reduce traffic fatalities to zero within three decades has been announced by the Obama administration, and on Oct. 5, government officials unveiled some of the first initiatives in the plan that they hope will make drivers in South Carolina drivers and throughout the country safer. The first country to adopt such a goal was Sweden in 1997 with a plan called Vision Zero.

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that among its first steps, it would encourage the use of more rumble strips, which are grooves or bumps on the highway that help keep drivers in their own lane, and promote seat belt compliance. It also plans to raise awareness about distracted and drunk driving. The initiative was prompted by increases in traffic deaths. In 2015, fatalities went up 7.2 percent from the previous year, and in the first half of 2016, they climbed roughly another 9 percent from the corresponding 2015 period.

Self-driving cars and other safety technology will play significant roles in eliminating deaths and injuries. Only around 6 percent of motor vehicle accidents do not have human error as a factor, and fully autonomous vehicles will remove that possibility. According to the Transportation Secretary, a shift in thinking about traffic safety will need to occur in industry, government and among drivers as well as safety organizations.

A motor vehicle accident that is not fatal may still lead to serious injuries. A person who is injured might want to contact an attorney and discuss how to proceed. First, it is necessary to determine who is at fault in the accident. This could be a reckless driver, but it could also be a car manufacturer or some other party. If an injured person is offered too little in compensation by the responsible party's insurance company, an attorney may be able to negotiate a better one or alternatively file a personal injury lawsuit.

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