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Feds aim to eliminate traffic fatalities within 30 years

Louisiana residents around 30 years from now may be living in a country where car accident deaths are non-existent. The Obama administration has set a goal for eliminating all traffic accident deaths and injuries in the next three decades, and the U.S. Department of Transportation believes that this is a realistic possibility.

There was a 7.2 percent rise in road accident deaths in 2015 compared to 2014. According to data compiled by the National Safety Council, the rate for the first six months of 2016 increased by 9 percent compared to the same period of the previous year.

It is because of that increase that the U.S. has taken the lead from other countries like Sweden and implemented a plan to make driving safer and eventually wipe out fatalities and injuries on the roads. The initial focus will be primarily on public awareness and education, including campaigns to increase seat belt use and discourage distracted driving.

The Transportation Department says that technology is expected to go a long way in helping the 30-year goal to be met. Human error is a factor in 94 percent of traffic accidents, but self-driving cars and other technologies have the potential to remove this factor completely.

Unfortunately, until that day comes, people will continue to suffer injuries in motor vehicle accidents. Injured victims may require expensive medical care and treatment, and in some cases they are unable to work, further worsening their financial condition. If the accident was caused by the negligence of another motorist, such as one who was impaired or distracted, an attorney could assist the victim in seeking compensation for those and other losses through a personal injury lawsuit filed against the at-fault motorist.

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