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By the year 2050, the rate of fatal road traffic accidents in Pennsylvania could be reduced to zero. At a time when more than 100 daily deaths take place on the streets and highways of the United States, an initiative to reduce that statistic by 100 percent may sound overly ambitious, but that is what the Road to Zero Coalition intends to work on over the next few decades.

The National Safety Council has assembled a working group of scientists, engineers and policy analysts to come up with a blueprint that will comprise technological and legislative approaches for the purpose of drastically lowering the overall incidence of fatal accidents. One of the goals within this blueprint, which is being designed with the support of the Rand Corporation, is to get major trucking companies involved in this initiative.

While the national rate of catastrophic injuries and fatal car accidents had enjoyed a downward trend from 2010 to 2015, a 5.6 percent increase of road traffic deaths in 2016 is giving safety officials reasons to be concerned. One of the safety aspects that researchers in this working group will focus on will be driver and passenger protection. More than 40 percent of fatalities occur at the scene of the crash; this problem is often exacerbated in rural highways located far from trauma centers.

Texting and driving as well as high speeds are two dangerous practices that the coalition believes can be reduced with proper cultural shifts; however, researchers are aware that this could prove to be very challenging from now until 2050. Until then, drivers who are involved in major accidents may want to weigh their legal options, particularly in cases where injuries, damages, medical expenses and lost income are caused by a negligent driver.

Source: Transport Topics News, "Road to Zero Coalition Charts Ambitious Goal to Reduce Traffic Deaths by 2050", Dan Ronan, 04/25/2018

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