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A guide to making roads safer

The roads may pose dangers to Mississippi residents and others throughout America. In 2016, there was a 5.6 percent increase in traffic deaths from 2015, and there were 39 states that reported an increase in traffic deaths within their borders. According to a new report from the National Governors Association, there are many ideas being proposed that could help to make roadways safer.

For instance, multiple agencies could work together to create safer roadways within a given state. This is something that a state governor may be properly positioned to do. Currently, the United States lags behind other developed nations as it relates to how safe its roads are. The report is intended to be a guide that states are free to use as they see fit, and the broad goal is to eliminate traffic fatalities entirely.

Car accidents can cause significant damage to vehicles and other property as well as result in a person being injured or killed. Those who are hurt in car accidents may be able to take legal action against the driver who caused the crash. If a person is killed in a crash, his or her family might choose to file a wrongful death suit.

To obtain compensation for damages, it may be necessary to prove that negligence led to the crash occurring, such as by showing a driver was impaired or going too fast for road conditions. Toxicology or police reports might help to show that this was the case in an accident. Other evidence such as witness statements may show that the actions of a negligent driver resulted in damages such as medical bills, lost future earnings and lost wages.

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