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Federal Government Releases 2013 Transportation Most-Wanted List—What Will it Mean for Virginia?

Change doesn’t happen quickly. However, change may be what is needed to prevent future car accidents in Virginia and across the nation. Accordingly, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its top-10, most-wanted transportation safety changes for 2013. The NTSB is urging state and federal governments, and other interested groups, to make these changes priorities this year so accidents can be avoided, so fewer people are injured, and so lives can be saved as soon as possible.

6 of the 10 Most-Wanted Changes Include Changes in Highway Safety

The changes that the NTSB would most like to see on our roads include:

  • Preserving the integrity of transportation infrastructure.
  • Eliminating substance-impaired driving.
  • Eliminating distraction in transportation.
  • Improving the safety of bus operations.
  • Improving fire safety in transportation.
  • Mandating motor vehicle collision avoidance technologies.

These are lofty goals. Some will be easier to implement than others. For example, it may be possible to mandate motor vehicle collision avoidance technologies on new model year cars. It may also be possible to reduce substance impaired driving and distracted driving through government trainings, laws, and other initiatives. However, the ultimate responsibility for avoiding dangerous behaviors and avoiding the accidents they may cause comes down to the individual drivers. 

Contact a Fort Royal Car Accident Lawyer if You’ve Been Hurt

These changes will not occur overnight, and even if they are implemented, they will not prevent all Virginia car crashes. If you have been hurt, it is important to know your rights and to know that a Fort Royal auto accident injury attorney may be able to help you protect your rights and potential legal recovery. For more information, we encourage you to contact us today at (540) 636-7100 or (888) 534-5346 to have all of your questions answered.

Richard A. Dulaney
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Richard has over 30 years of experience in personal injury law.