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State governors have role to play in traffic safety

The chances of people getting in a car crash in Pennsylvania have worsened in recent years. A report published by the National Governors Association has taken on the problem of declining roadway safety. The report highlights the role of governors in addressing the problem.

Deaths in car wrecks had been declining for decades, but the trend appears to be over. In 2016, 37,461 people died on the nation's roads, which represented a 5.6 percent increase in traffic fatalities over the previous year. The report developed with assistance from the Governors Highway Safety Association urged governors to coordinate the safety efforts of state agencies. Increased collaboration among multiple agencies could produce results that reduce accidents and injuries.

The GHSA executive director said that governors could use their position of leadership to make traffic safety a priority. Within the report, governors can find detailed advice about how to identify the best strategies for reducing car wrecks in their regions. Governors can pick and choose the guidance offered by the report and develop policies to improve traffic safety.

All drivers have a legal obligation to operate their vehicles safely. When a negligent driver causes a crash that leaves someone injured, the victim could pursue damages. Medical bills and lost income could impose financial hardship on a crash victim and make receiving a settlement very important. An attorney who litigates car accidents may be able to initiate a personal injury claim. In addition to organizing evidence about the crash, an attorney might tally current expenses and project the costs of lifetime disability after catastrophic injuries. This information may help a person evaluate the acceptability of a settlement offer. If the opposing party resists responsibility, an attorney could file a lawsuit against the driver and insurer and take the matter to court.

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