Georgia motorists might want to know that approximately 38,800 people in the U.S. died in car accidents in 2019, according to estimates from the National Safety Council. If accurate, this would represent a 2% decrease from 2018 numbers. A similar 2% decrease was reported in the number of crash victims who sought medical attention.
Advanced driver-assistance systems are one factor
With more and more new vehicles coming equipped with ADAS, it’s not surprising that the numbers would go down. ADAS features include blind-spot alert, lane departure warning, collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Some vehicles even come with headlights that can adapt to low-light conditions, for example by turning into the curves in a road. Studies show that ADAS can either prevent crashes or at least mitigate their severity.
Cities adopting Vision Zero models
Ten cities have taken on the Vision Zero model for traffic safety improvement. This action plan can be composed of numerous measures, such as the redesigning of those areas in a city that run a significant risk for crashes. Another effective measure, one that Utah has implemented, is to lower the blood alcohol concentration. The standard is .08, but Utah lowered it to .05.
Experts point out that nevertheless, the fatality and injury numbers are unacceptably high. Individual drivers, too, must help lower the numbers.
A lawyer to assist with a wrongful death lawsuit
In the event that a loved one died in an auto accident caused by the negligence of another motorist, you will likely want to learn more about wrongful death law. By retaining a lawyer, you may get the personal attention you need to file a lawsuit against the responsible driver’s auto insurance company and obtain the settlement you deserve. A successful claim could cover things like pre-death medical bills, if applicable; funeral and burial expenses; and loss of support.