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States are not doing enough to prevent car accidents, group says

Residents of Washoe County may be disturbed to hear that vehicle related deaths are the second most common cause of accidental fatalities in the United States, with drug overdoses being the first most common cause of accident fatalities. In fact, according to one report, over 37,000 individuals in the United States lost their lives in a car accident in 2016. This is a 5.6 percent uptick from 2015,and also marks the second consecutive year that car accident deaths have risen. Previously, fatal car accidents had been on the decline.

With this information in mind, some are saying that the government isn't doing enough to address this situation. One traffic safety organization reports that merely six states have "significantly advanced" 16 measures that the group believes are necessary to reduce injury-causing and fatal accidents. For example, 20 states in the U.S. still do not have laws on the books that would require that repeat drunk drivers to have ignition interlock devices placed on their vehicles.

In addition, distracted driving fatalities have risen even in states that have laws on the books to try to prevent them, such as bans against texting and driving. According to some, this is due to the fact that these laws are not properly being enforced and are relatively simple to get around. Moreover, some states are increasing how fast people can drive on the highway, some permitting drivers to go as much as 80 miles per hour in certain areas. Research has shown, however, that when speed limits are reduced it could prevent fatal accidents from occurring.

As this shows, there are more steps states can take to reduce the number of fatal car accidents on our nation's roads and highways. Moreover, even if states move legislation forward in this direction, there will always be those who think the law doesn't apply to them and will break traffic laws, causing car accidents. If a person is injured or killed in an accident caused by someone who failed to follow traffic laws, they may want to determine whether it is possible to seek compensation from the responsible driver through a personal injury suit.

Source:, "U.S. Road Safety Laws Lag, While Fatalities Climb," Laura Bliss, Jan. 22, 2018

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