Wandtv.com reports that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recently released its annual list of its most-wanted safety improvements. Our attorneys learned that these improvements cover a wide range of categories, many of them relating to vehicle collision prevention, transportation control, and reduction of driver negligence.
The list begins with vehicle collision prevention, stating that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should require manufacturers to include new collision-prevention technologies as standard equipment on all new cars and trucks. These technologies include things like electronic stability control, forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic braking. Continuing, the NTSB believes that operator distraction is in need of improvement, stating that operators of cars, trucks, buses, planes, and trains should be banned from nonessential use of cell phones and other distracting devices. This can be done through the creation of stricter policies or even technology that disables devices when they are within reach of operators.
Furthermore, a safety improvement considered to reduce substance-impaired driving is creating technology that will prevent impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. This includes the addition of ignition interlocks and continuous alcohol-monitoring devices in cars and trucks. From the perspective of our law firm, these solutions may be critical in decreasing the number of accidents caused by driving under the influence.
Additional suggestions of safety improvements in the report include improving the safety of interstate bus operations by making sure drivers are qualified, ensuring sufficient inspector guidance for transportation infrastructure, installing train control systems to stop or slow trains that fail to obey signaling systems, and installing fire detection devices in all modes of transportation.
Though it is unknown when any of these safety improvements will be put in place, if at all, it is agreed that these improvements will certainly help to reduce driver negligence and the number of accidents on U.S. roadways. However, the true solution to preventing driver negligence is found at the root of the problem: the driver. All motorists can increase their safety behind the wheel by following the rules of the road, driving attentively, never drinking and driving, and ultimately being a careful and responsible driver.
Our Illinois accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti represent individuals and families who have suffered personal injury or wrongful death because of the carelessness or negligence of a motorist. If you have been seriously injured, or lost a loved one in a motor-vehicle accident due to a negligent driver, please contact our law firm to learn about what compensation may be available to you.