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State governors aim to cut down on highway fatalities

Roadway safety is a major issue of concern for drivers in Georgia and across the country. Car accidents can be the cause of extensive property damage, severe personal injuries and even deaths. A report published by the National Governors Association aims to provide guidance and suggestions to state governors about actions that they can implement to help reduce the growing rate of auto crashes and related fatalities. By coordinating efforts between a number of state government agencies, governors could achieve greater success and efficiency.

In most states, there are various agencies that work on issues related to highway safety. These range from regulatory agencies to motor vehicle departments to law enforcement at state and local levels. A state governor who is strongly committed to improving highway safety can play a significant role in working to implement a coordinated plan that can help to reduce injuries and deaths on the state's roadways. The report identified a clear goal -- zero fatalities caused by motor vehicle accidents.

Roadway safety is a growing concern as statistics show an ongoing and troubling trend. In 2016, more than 37,400 people across the United States lost their lives in car accidents. This reflected an increase of 5.6 percent over the prior year. Also in 2016, 39 states reported that their local statistics indicated an upward trend in deaths.

Highway safety isn't only a major public interest issue, it can have deeply personal effects. People who have been injured due to another driver's negligent or dangerous behavior can suffer catastrophic consequences, from broken bones to traumatic brain injuries. A personal injury lawyer can work with an accident victim to pursue compensation for the damages suffered as a result of a crash.

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