The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) wants you to be better protected on the nation’s roadways. It has released its 2016 Most Wanted list of what the agency considers to be the most pressing safety concerns for drivers and passengers.
The list places a great deal of emphasis on the evolving use of technology to reduce the number of vehicle accidents and save lives. More effective enforcement of seatbelt use, better child restraint systems, and improved rail safety are other items on the agenda of the NTSB.
Proposed safety improvements
One of the proposed initiatives, if implemented, would increase the availability of collision avoidance technology in new vehicle models. The NTSB calls for making this technology come standard in commercial and personal vehicles.
Another pressing concern of the NTSB is occupant safety. The agency states that it has investigated countless accidents in which better occupant safety systems could have saved lives and prevented serious injuries. Seatbelts and child restraints could be designed better, states the NTSB, in a way that “ensures ease of evacuation” in the aftermath of a crash.
Like the NTSB’s 2015 Most Wanted list, the 2016 list calls for an end to distracted driving. The agency suggests that a “cultural change” is necessary for drivers and commercial operators to not only follow the laws regarding distractions while driving, but to “embrace” them with the understanding that distraction-free driving saves lives.
Looking ahead to future safety improvements, the NTSB has also called for the expanded use of recording devices in all trains, ferries, buses, and aircraft. This basic technology is essential for accident reconstruction, which in turn allows investigators to pinpoint safety improvements that are needed in the future.
Limitations of the Most Wanted list
Traffic safety is a constantly evolving issue. Although the list of proposed safety improvements by the NTSB is a good start for 2016, there are still far too many lives being lost to preventable accidents each year. By the time the NTSB is ready to release its Most Wanted list for 2017, countless families will be grieving the loss of their loved ones and many others will have sustained serious car accident injuries and costly property damage.
Prevention is key, but so too is understanding one’s legal rights and options. Those who have been affected by car accidents may have the option of filing a lawsuit against the insurance carrier or against the negligent party to recoup the cost of medical bills, car repairs, and other losses.
Legal advocacy from Edelman, Krasin & Jaye
The car accident attorneys of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye have recovered millions in compensation for those who have suffered injuries as the result of someone else’s reckless or negligent actions. Although our law firm applauds the NTSB for taking the initiative to make the roads safer, far too many people are still being affected by negligent drivers.
If you’ve been in an accident, call 1-800-469-7429 to schedule a free case review and put our firm’s resources to work for you.
- National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB Unveils 2016 Most Wanted List, Stresses Technology, http://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/PR20160113.aspx
- NTSB, 2016 Most Wanted List, http://www.ntsb.gov/safety/mwl/Documents/MWL2016_Brochure_web.pdf