On May 25, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) came out with an alarming announcement. As the economy improves and more workers are regularly driving on our nation’s roads and highways, the driver death rate is predicted to rise. With current expectations for the economy to continue its recovery, the IIHS expects driver death rates to increase slightly in the next few years. All of this underscores the importance of staying alert and practicing safe driving habits.
As Richmond auto accident lawyers and truck accident attorneys, we want to emphasize that safe driving habits are critical to protecting your life and the lives of those you love.
Working from predictions by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which forecasts a 1.7 percent decrease in unemployment between 2014 and 2024, the IIHS predicts that traffic deaths peaked in 2016 and will slowly decrease to about 34,400 deaths in 2024, compared with 35,092 recorded in 2015.
As Richmond auto accident attorneys, we encourage you to drive safely and use precautions to avoid traffic accidents.
Will we ever get to a point where there are zero driver deaths per year? That’s definitely the goal. We’ve seen manufacturers work toward that goal with the recent implementation of collision avoidance technologies including onboard cameras, blindspot monitoring, pedestrian detection, adaptive headlights, lane departure warnings, drowsiness detection and rear detection cameras – many of which are designed to apply the vehicle’s brakes automatically before the driver can assess the situation.
“The complete elimination of traffic deaths is still many decades away, and, along with vehicle improvements, getting there will require changes in road design and public policy that can help protect all road users,” said David Zuby, IIHS executive vice president and chief research officer. Zuby went on to say that the increase in the number of cars, SUVs and trucks with zero driver deaths is an encouraging statistic that shows what is possible.
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