How governors can help reduce traffic deaths

State governors have a crucial role in the reduction of traffic deaths not only in Illinois but in the rest of the U.S. This is emphasized by the release of a new report from the National Governors Association. Serving as a "road map" or policy development tool, the report offers concrete recommendations and strategies for improving highway safety.

Every state can use it in portions or in its entirety, according to its unique situation. Governors are encouraged first of all to provide leadership over collaboration efforts between different state agencies, most importantly highway safety offices. The Governors Highway Safety Association, an agency that assisted in the development of the NGA report. By streamlining communication between these agencies, governors could move forward with proposals for improving safety. They should also identify any promising efforts that have already been made within the state and do what they can to bolster them.

Improving America's roads is more important than ever, as traffic fatality rates continue to rise. In 2016, 39 states reported an increase from 2015 in deaths, which totaled more than 37,000 around the country. Whether the report will help in establishing a future of zero traffic fatalities, as the NGA and GHSA hope, remains to be seen.

In the meantime, victims of car accidents often are required to undergo lengthy and costly periods of hospitalization and follow-up medical care and treatment. In many cases they are unable to return to work. If it can be determined that the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, a personal injury attorney could be of assistance in attempting to seek compensation.

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