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How governors can help improve road safety in the U.S.

Drivers in Michigan may be aware that road safety conditions throughout America tend to be lacking. In response to this, the National Governors Association recently published a report giving concrete suggestions for improvement.

The intended audience for this report consists of state governors. These public servants are receiving a road map of sorts for them to use when dealing with the policies in their states. The report includes many policy development tools and assists governors in bolstering any previous efforts at improving road safety.

Governors are encouraged to work with other state agencies, such as highway safety offices, and ensure that they collaborate with one another. This requires open communication and strong leadership.

For this report, the NGA collaborated with the Governors Highway Safety Association; the GHSA has stated that it continues to work with the NGA to reduce traffic fatalities. Their goal is to achieve a zero-fatality future for America's roads. However, current traffic death rates are worrying. In 2016, the number rose 5.6 percent over the previous year. Traffic deaths rose in 39 states in 2016.

Even with strengthened efforts to improve road safety, car accidents will likely continue to occur due to human negligence. If someone is injured by a fatigued, distracted or intoxicated driver, he or she may have the grounds for a successful claim. During a case evaluation, a lawyer could determine the degree of negligence, calculate a settlement and hire investigators to find all the available proof. The victim can leave all negotiations to the lawyer. Accident claims can usually cover vehicle damage, medical expenses, wage losses and pain and suffering.

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