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Reducing accident risks with technology

Many Ohio residents may not understand exactly how hazardous car travel actually is. So many accidents happen each year that the simple act of riding in or driving a car is one of the riskiest things people do. People actually have a risk of dying in a motor vehicle accident that is 300 times greater than that of dying in a plane crash.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration demonstrates exactly how risky motor vehicles really are. In 2013 alone, 32,719 people were killed in accidents out of 3 trillion miles driven that year. That is a death rate of 1.09 per 100 million miles of travel.

While targeting problematic driving behavior can help reduce the risk, technology may help even more. Beginning in 1968, the federal government has implemented a number of safety standards. These improvements were credited with saving 27,600 people just in 2012 alone. The advent of driverless cars may offer even greater reductions of risk. It is estimated that if everyone had driverless cars, the fatality rate would be reduced by 50 percent.

A future in which everyone has driverless cars is still a long way off. When people are seriously injured in a car crash, negligent drivers may be held liable for the damages they have caused to the injured victims. A person who has been injured in such an accident might want to talk to a personal injury attorney to see if it would be advisable to file a lawsuit against the at-fault motorist seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other applicable damages.

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