U.S. road safety, and what role state governors play

Governors in Texas and around the country have a key role to play in the upgrading of road safety guidelines. Traffic fatalities increased in 39 states in 2016, with a total of 37,461 people dying on America's roads that year. The trend shows no sign of changing, showing that current guidelines are not on a par with those of other developed nations.

Governors have a policy development tool that they can refer to, though, thanks to the National Governors Association. The NGA published a "road map" that all state governors can use regardless of the specific needs they face. It has a wide application while offering concrete recommendations and strategies at the same time.

First of all, governors must be the leaders in coordinating efforts at highway and traffic safety improvement. This means fostering communication between various statewide agencies, such as highway safety offices, and considering current policies already at work within the state. The goal, according to the NGA, is to reduce traffic deaths to zero in the future. The NGA has the support of the Governors Highway Safety Association. The GHSA holds safety offices in all 50 states and continues to work with the NGA to build safer communities for drivers, pedestrians, and other road users.

Despite all safety precautions, however, motor vehicle accidents will continue to take place. People who are injured in collisions often need lengthy and expensive medical care and treatment and are unable to return to their jobs for prolonged periods. If the accident was caused by the negligence of another motorist, a personal injury attorney could assist in seeking appropriate compensation.

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