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U.S. aims to eliminate traffic deaths within 30 years

The federal government announced a plan this week to set a goal of zero traffic deaths and injuries within the next 30 years. As car accidents remain one of the leading causes of deaths or injuries in this country, officials explained how they would achieve this new goal.

Efforts they plan to put into place to reach this goal include:

  • Promoting more seat belt use and compliance
  • Use of rumble strips on highways
  • Launching campaigns against drunk driving and distracted driving

Given that human error is a factor in 94 percent of crashes in the country, the introduction of fully autonomous vehicles that "drive themselves" and similar technologies could help reach that goal, according to officials. But why are they setting this goal now? Partly because there was a 7.2 percent increase in traffic deaths last year. This year, the increase is even higher. According to estimates from the first six months of this year gathered by the National Safety Council, deaths are up 9 percent this year compared to the same timeframe last year.

How does Maryland rank in traffic safety?

Maryland and Kansas tied as the 34th worst state for drivers, according to a report by CarInsuranceComparison.com. This report used data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The categories in which drivers in Maryland ranked the poorest include:

  • Fatal crashes due to alcohol (10th highest in the country)
  • Careless driving (14th highest in the country)
  • Pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities per 100,000 people (14th highest in the country)

Car crashes can have heartbreaking consequences for those who are injured or killed, and their families. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured because of someone else's negligence, a personal injury attorney can help you seek justice. While each situation is different, a skilled attorney can look at the individual details of the crash you were involved in and pursue legal options on your behalf as you recover from the traumatic experience.

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