Driving is highly regulated, and for good reason. Over 40,000 people died in traffic crashes in 2016. This marked an increase over the 35,092 people who lost their lives in car crashes in 2015. Given the increase in traffic accident related deaths, it begs the question: are our roadway safety rules effective?
Roadway Safety Rules Save Lives
There is evidence demonstrating that many of our roadway safety rules and regulations are effective and are saving lives. For example, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was founded in 2000. In that year there were 140,000 large truck injury collisions and 5,282 large truck fatality collisions. By 2016 these numbers decreased significantly. In 2016, there were 54,923 large truck injury collisions and 3,150 large truck fatality collisions.
Laws requiring drivers and passengers to wear seat belts also demonstrate the effectiveness of roadway safety rules. A study that looked at the prevalence of car accident deaths and injuries in the year before and after the introduction of seat belt legislation found that the number of people injured decreased significantly. Those who were involved in an auto accident but were not injured increased by 40% after seat belt legislation. Those with mild to moderate injuries decreased by 35%. Further, the study found there was a significant reduction to soft tissue injuries to the head. However, the study found an increase in the prevalence of whiplash injuries to the neck after the enactment of seat belt laws.
The Center for Disease Control states that more than half of the people killed in car crashes were not restrained at the time of the crash. Wearing a seat belt is the most effective way to prevent death and serious injury in a crash.
Consider too the vast regulations on car manufacturers that are designed to keep us and our children safe. Cars and trucks are designed with safety concerns at the forefront. Airbags and anti-lock brakes are now standard features.
Roadway safety rules are in place to protect all of us, and they are saving lives and helping to prevent serious injuries.
Where You Injured When Someone Else Violated A Roadway Safety Rule?
If you were involved in a car accident caused by another drivers negligence or other wrongful conduct, call our office today (402) 558-4900 to schedule a free consultation.
Our compassionate staff is available to help answer your questions and begin the process of seeking justice in your car accident case. People who drive negligently, recklessly, or otherwise violate roadway safety rules and endanger others should be held accountable for their actions.
Matthew G. Miller serves clients throughout Eastern Nebraska and parts of Western Iowa including Douglas County, Sarpy County, Lancaster County, and Pottawattamie County, as well as the cities of Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, Papillion, Fremont, Blair, Elkhorn, and Council Bluffs.