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Zero auto accidents by 2050 is the goal of safety organization

In California, as in other states, there are automobile fatalities on an annual basis. Nationwide statistics show that approximately 100 people die on the road every single day. Many of these accidents are preventable.

The National Safety Council's goal is for there to be zero automobile accidents by the year 2050. The National Safety Council's CEO compared the goal of having zero automobile accidents to racing to the moon. She stated how half a century ago, the idea of going to the moon seemed impossible, but now it is a reality. The implication is that although having a fatality-free transportation system seems impossible, with the right leadership, commitment and technology, it can be done.

In April, the Transportation Safety Coalition produced a report showing the steps that would be needed in order to zero out automobile fatalities by 2050. Clearly, attaining this goal will require a countrywide effort.

For many years, the number of automobile fatalities was declining. In recent years, though, there has been a slight uptick in fatalities. These fatalities include accidents involving passenger vehicles, over-the-road trucks, buses and taxis.

One measure that will increase driver safety is bringing seat belt use compliance up to 100 percent. Currently, approximately 90 percent of people wear seat belts when they drive. Interestingly, the 10 percent who did not wear seat belts represent approximately 50 percent of the people who die in automobile accidents.

Individuals who have been injured in car accidents may want to consult with personal injury attorneys, who will work with their clients to evaluate the available evidence and create a civil claim. Lawyers may work with insurance companies, negotiate settlements and advise their client regarding information pertaining to their cases. The goal of a personal injury attorney is to someone get the financial compensation he or she deserves.

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