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Program to reduce traffic fatalities to zero announced

The United States government has outlined an ambitious plan to reduce traffic fatalities in Kentucky and across the nation. The intention is to achieve a zero fatality and injury rate nationwide by the year 2046.

The vast majority of all traffic accidents have their root cause in human error, and the injuries and deaths from these accidents are growing more severe. Traffic deaths increased by 7.2 percent between 2014 and 2015 alone, and 2016 is on pace to be even deadlier. However, there is reason to believe that this rate can be decreased markedly through application of existing technology, and there is hope that self driving cars will be able to make the complete elimination of car accident fatalities and injuries a possibility.

The stated plan is to begin with programs against drunk driving and distracted driving, improvements to the infrastructure such as the addition of rumble strips to roads and the promotion of seat belt use. However, the bulk of the hopes for fatality reduction lie in the self driving cars. Since self driving cars function substantially without the factor of human error, it is reasonable to expect a remarkable decrease in both the incidence of traffic accidents and their severity.

While the government's goal is certainly admirable, it may never be fully achieved. In the interim, drivers who are impaired, speeding, distracted or otherwise negligent will continue to cause accidents that result in serious injuries to others. Injured victims often face months if not years of expensive medical treatment, and they may want the assistance of an attorney in seeking compensation for these and other losses from the at-fault motorist.

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