There were more than 40,000 roadway fatalities in Ohio and throughout the United States in 2018. That was the third consecutive year in which that threshold was passed. Roughly 10,000 of the deaths were the result of drunk driving accidents, and the problem has gotten so serious that the U.S. House of Representatives decided to hold a hearing about the issue. Of all fatal traffic accidents that occur, 94% are caused by human error.
In many cases, speeding and impairment are the errors that lead to these collisions. However, there may be a variety of ways to bring down the number of traffic fatalities. For instance, outfitting all vehicles with ignition interlock devices can help reduce the possibility of a drunk driver operating a motor vehicle. Making the decision to use Uber or Lyft after drinking can also help a person avoid a drunk driving accident.
The use of autonomous vehicle software is another way to prevent accidents of any kind. Computers will never drive a car under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and they will never be too tired to drive. Furthermore, they won’t violate any traffic laws that they have been programmed to obey such as speed limits. The widespread use of advanced safety features available today could save 9,900 lives a year according to Boston Consulting Group.
Hiring a personal injury compensation attorney may be ideal for someone who has been hurt in a car crash. An attorney could help a victim obtain money to cover medical bills, lost wages and more.