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Safety group wants to eliminate all traffic deaths

Traffic deaths in Nevada and throughout the country could be eliminated by 2050 according to a group called the Road to Zero Coalition. It wants to accomplish this goal by implementing a variety of reforms and innovative solutions. For example, it wants to increase seat belt use from 90 percent to 100 percent. While this seems like a small gain, half of traffic deaths are to those who don't wear a seat belt.

Both passenger vehicles and large trucks can be made safer in an effort to eliminate traffic deaths. For instance, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has suggested that rear underride guard regulations be imposed. In 2016, there were 4,317 deaths caused by accidents involving large trucks. Of those accidents, 80 percent were caused by trucks with a weight of 26,000 pounds. Another suggestion presented by Road to Zero is to make better use of technology when building roads and vehicles.

While there is a lot of hype surrounding self-driving vehicles, a representative from Road to Zero said that it is likely going to take time to implement them. In the meantime, the group would like to see technology available today used to make roads safer for everyone. Drivers can also stay safe on the road by reducing their speed and refraining from driving while impaired.

Those who are involved in motor vehicle crashes could experience significant injuries or death. The family members of those who are killed in an accident may wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Doing so may allow the victim's family to collect compensation for lost wages or future earnings on behalf of the deceased. An attorney may review the case to determine if another driver's negligence played a role in causing the crash to occur.

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