The growing rate of roadway deaths due to motor vehicle accidents is a major issue both for everyday drivers and state officials in Virginia. In response to this public concern, the National Governors Association issued a report that seeks to provide guidance and best practices. The idea is to encourage governors to take statewide action that will help reduce the risk of injuries and deaths caused by car accidents.
In particular, the report emphasizes the importance of coordinated action and planning across various state agencies, from law enforcement to motor vehicle licensing to public health and regulatory departments. A state governor with a strong commitment to addressing and improving highway safety can take a leadership position in developing systems and structures that promote coordination and information sharing between state agencies.
The report comes as recent statistics reflect increased dangers on American highways. In 2016, 37,461 people lost their lives on American roads due to car accidents. This number reflects an increase of 5.6 percent over the previous year; it was also echoed in local statewide statistics as 39 of the 50 states reported a corresponding increase in roadway fatalities in the same year.
Safety on the roads is a serious issue of public concern, but it can also come with catastrophic consequences for individuals. Auto accidents caused by negligent or dangerous driving can lead to severe personal injuries, from broken bones to spinal concerns to traumatic brain injuries. A personal injury lawyer can help an accident victim pursue compensation from the at-fault parties.