10 Measures That May Help Prevent Connecticut Auto Accident Deaths
It has been reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that in the 1st quarter of 2021 deaths by auto accident rose a staggering 10.5% in the United States compared to the same time frame in 2020. While there are many factors that led to this increase, the NHTSA has identified speeding, lack of seatbelt wearing, and the use of alcohol and drugs while driving as prime drivers of this increase.
An increase in deaths on our roads is a tragedy which should be looked at and investigated to help mitigate further accidents. The NHTSA, along with their initial findings on fatalities in 2021, released a list of 10 measures that they believe will reduce the number of fatalities that occur as a result of a Connecticut auto accident and throughout the U.S. The measures that the NHTSA is recommending include a focus on educating drivers around the following areas:
- Alcohol and drug-impaired driving
- Bicycle safety
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Motorcycle safety
- Older drivers
- Pedestrian safety
- Speeding and speed management
- Younger drivers
The comprehensive list aims to educate drivers and address common issues that often lead to accidents and fatalities on the road. Take for instance the section on older drivers that addresses some important areas around connecting with older drivers to reduce the dangers that face them. The extremely comprehensive report includes recommendations on how to reach out to older drivers and provide additional training courses, thoughts on adding license testing, the implementation of additional vision screenings, and the role that law enforcement plays in ensuring the safety of all drivers who share the road with older drivers.
A comprehensive approach to these measures is what is needed to enact meaningful change that will not only mitigate the increasing numbers of fatalities nationwide but will also be impactful in reducing the numbers of Connecticut auto accidents that occur each year that often lead to fatalities in our state.
Whether you fall into one of the above categories or multiple categories you may be taking personal steps to help avoid injury or worse due to a car accident. If you do happen to get into an accident you may want to speak with an attorney who can review your case and work with you to protect your long-term interests.