The National Safety Council has announced a goal to reduce traffic fatalities in Oklahoma and across the U.S. to zero by 2050. The organization’s CEO said the ambitious objective is comparable to the goal of sending an astronaut to the moon 50 years ago.
On April 22, 2018, the NSC’s newly established Road to Zero Coalition released a report outlining ways the U.S. could eliminate traffic deaths within the next 32 years. However, the goal will be tough to achieve. The country is currently losing approximately 100 people per day to traffic accidents, and federal numbers show that 37,461 people died in car accidents in 2016, which was a 5.6 percent increase over 2015. Meanwhile, crashes involving large trucks increased 5.4 percent over the same period.
The Road to Zero report outlines three main initiatives to reduce traffic fatalities. All three initiatives are aimed at both passenger and commercial vehicles. The first initiative focuses on getting 100 percent of drivers and passengers to use seat belts. The second initiative focuses on accelerating the implementation of safety technology in vehicles. The third initiative aims to create a safety-first culture that addresses harmful road behaviors like speeding and distracted and drunk driving.
Because of the size of the vehicles involved, truck accidents often cause catastrophic injuries. If a truck accident was caused by a negligent truck driver, it may be possible for a personal injury attorney to obtain a settlement for someone who was injured in the crash. This compensation could cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses related to the accident. A lawyer could assess an injured victim’s case and outline all the legal options that are available.