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NGA publishes report on improving U.S. road safety

The National Governors Association recently published a report that address the declining road safety conditions throughout Michigan and the rest of America. Billed as a "road map" for state governors, it provides various strategies for improving traffic safety.

This comes at a crucial time as U.S. road conditions are lagging behind those of many other developed nations. Furthermore, the once-decreasing trend in traffic fatalities has now been reversed. In 2016, 37,461 people died in traffic accidents in the U.S. This amounted to a 5.6 percent increase over the previous year.

The NGA report focuses on the key role that governors can play in changing roads for the better. The organization's ultimate goal is reducing traffic fatalities to zero. Specifically, the report encourages governors to improve communication between state agencies so that they collaborate on new and improved safety measures. With the help of highway safety offices, governors could strengthen any preexisting plans.

The Governors Highway Safety Association, which had a hand in the development of the report, gives its full support to the strategies. It will also collaborate with the NGA in the effort to build safer communities for drivers.

Improved measures, however, cannot stop a driver from acting in a negligent manner. Victims of drowsy, drunk, or distracted driving may be able to succeed in getting compensation for their injuries. An attorney could help a victim file a car accident claim. If the police reports don't provide adequate proof of negligence, the lawyer could bring in experts to investigate the accident. The lawyer can then negotiate for an informal settlement, taking the case to court only as a last resort.

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