A report published by the National Governors Association aims to reduce the number of traffic deaths and injuries in Minnesota and elsewhere. This report comes as the number of traffic deaths increased in the United States in 2016. That year, there were 37,461 traffic deaths, which was a 5.6 percent increase over 2015. Furthermore, 39 states reported an increase in traffic deaths.
One of the ways to increase road safety is through better coordination between agencies in different states. Governors themselves are urged to take a leadership role as it relates to making roads safer in their states. The recent report recommended that the United States look at improved road design as a way to make the streets safer for drivers and pedestrians.
If a person is involved in a car crash, it may result in significant injuries. It may also result in personal property being damaged or destroyed. If an accident is caused by a negligent driver, it may be possible to seek compensation to help pay for damages incurred. Future damages, such as lost earnings or the cost of surgery or other medical treatment needed at a later date, may also be included in a negotiated settlement or after a formal trial.
An attorney may be able to help an individual who is seeking compensation for lost wages, lost earnings or other related damages caused by a negligent driver. The attorney may gather evidence such as cellphone records, police reports and anything else establishing that a driver was negligent in causing an accident to occur. Negligent actions may include driving too fast for road conditions, driving while impaired or operating a motor vehicle while distracted. In some cases, expert witnesses may be called to testify in a case.