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Goal announced by NSC to reach zero fatalities by 2050

Many people are killed in large truck crashes in West Virginia and the rest of the U.S. each year. The National Safety Council is working together with the Road to Zero Coalition in an effort to reduce the number of fatalities in truck accidents and other types of motor vehicle accidents to zero by 2050.

The National Safety Council reports that an average of 100 people in the U.S. die in motor vehicle accidents every day. In an effort to combat this problem, the Road to Zero Coalition, which involves 675 partners, was formed. A report was released by the Rand Corporation about the methods that can be used to accomplish the goal of zero deaths by 2050. Data shows that there is a long way to go, however. For example, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that there was a 5.4 percent increase in large truck accident deaths in 2016 with 4,317 fatalities. There was a similar increase in traffic fatalities during that year of 5.6 percent.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has issued recommendations for several different systems that could be installed in large trucks to improve their safety. These include the lane-departure warning, stability control, blind-spot detection and forward collision warning and intervention systems.

Semi-truck accidents can be especially catastrophic because the trucks are so much heavier and larger than other vehicles. When people are killed in these types of accidents, their families may be left to deal with mounting expenses combined with substantial losses. Families who have lost loved ones in truck accidents that resulted because of the negligence of the truck drivers might benefit by consulting with personal injury attorneys who can investigate the potential claims and offer assessments about their chances to obtain a favorable outcome.

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