National Governors Association publishes road safety report

Highways across New York and the rest of America are dangerous places. The situation has become worse rather than better in recent years, according to statistics. With U.S. traffic fatalities on the rise, the National Governors Association has published a report that focuses on the role of governors in coordinating efforts to increase road safety.

For many years the safety of U.S. roads was on a steady track of improvement. However, that trend has now reversed. In 2016, there was a 5.6 percent increase in traffic fatalities from the previous year, with 37, 461 people having been killed on American roads. That year, 39 states reported an increase in traffic deaths.

The new report, which was developed by NGA with assistance from the Governors Highway Safety Association, aims to help governors lead safety efforts in their states by suggesting ways to strengthen the efforts of various state agencies and encourage cooperation between them. The ultimate goal is zero traffic deaths.

The title of the report is 'State Strategies to Reduce Highway and Traffic Fatalities and Injuries: A Road Map for States." GHSA says that it's intended to be a policy development tool malleable to differing state situations.

In a busy city like New York, car accidents often involve multiple vehicles. It may not be immediately clear in such cases who is to blame for an accident. However, accident reconstruction can help to determine who, or what, caused an accident. The findings of an accident reconstruction could be used as evidence in a personal injury case when someone has been injured in an accident.

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