Group suggests ways to reduce traffic fatalities

The goal of the Road to Zero Coalition is to ensure that there isn't a single traffic death on Missouri roads or any others in the country by 2050. The group acknowledges that it will take work to meet this goal. However, the CEO of the National Safety Council pointed out that getting a man to the moon seemed far-fetched before it happened.

One of the problems that the group will need to tackle is the fact that vehicle accident deaths have increased in recent years. In 2016, there was a 5.6 percent increase to 37,461. To turn this around, Road to Zero hopes that it can increase seat belt usage to 100 percent from 90 percent. Access to trauma centers and increased use of safety technology are two other suggestions to decrease traffic fatalities. Increasing seat belt usage can be effective as half of traffic deaths are attributed to those not wearing them.

Access to trauma centers can help those injured in crashes timely help that could increase their odds of survival. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has suggested that underride guards and regulation mandating their use could improve outcomes in crashes involving trucks and passenger vehicles. The IIHS is a member of the Road to Zero coalition.

Drivers, passengers or others who are hurt in a trucking accident could experience significant injuries. These injuries may require time away from work to recover as well as medication to control symptoms. If the crash is caused by a negligent driver, that person may be liable for paying these bills and helping victims recoup lost wages or future earnings. An attorney may review a case to determine if a driver was impaired, tired or otherwise negligent when the accident resulting in injuries occurred.

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