Each year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) releases a list of the safety improvements it would most like to see. These improvements would help to reduce accidents and make people safer. While some of the safety improvements are big issues that professionals would need to tackle, others are simple things that every driver can implement on his own — regardless of whether the law requires it.
Our Charlotte car accident lawyers have taken a close look at the list provided by NTSB and we urge every driver to do his part to implement some of their safety suggestions. If a small change in behavior can avoid even one car wreck, the change is worthwhile.
NTSB’s Most Wanted Safety Improvements
NBC News published a November report detailing the improvements requested by the NTSB. These included:
- A requirement that auto makers include collision-prevention technologies including lane departure warnings and automatic braking in all new cars.
- New state regulations banning all use of mobile phones and other distracting devices except in cases of emergency.
- The development of new technology and the use of existing technology such as continuous alcohol monitoring devices to stop drunk driving.
- Improved technology such as “moving maps” on airplanes to make airport runways safer.
- Improvements in general aviation knowledge and increased testing for pilots.
- Tougher qualifying standards for bus companies and further efforts to make sure drivers are qualified and capable, including regular medical exams of drivers.
- Better training and guidance for inspectors of bridges and other infrastructure.
- Increased oversight of the pipeline industry.
- Broader use of new train control systems that will slow or stop trains that do not obey signaling systems.
- Installation of fire detection devices and further improvements in fire prevention and suppression efforts.
These tips are suggested as important methods of improving the safety of people driving, taking buses and using trains and planes.
Taking Safety Into Your Own Hands
While it remains to be seen how many of the wishes on NTSB’s wish list come true, it is clear that several of these safety steps are in the hands of drivers. For instance, you can make a vow this year that you will never engage in distracted or drunk driving. The dangers of both have become very well-known and yet Distraction.gov reports that 3,092 people were killed and another 416,000 injured by a distracted driver in 2010.
It should come as no surprise that cell phones and other distractions significantly increase the risk of accident. After all, as Distraction.gov states, when you drive while using a cell phone, the brain activity associated with driving is reduced by 37 percent. If you drive while texting, on the other hand, you take your eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. This is a long enough time to drive the full length of a football field.
Drivers who are distracted, drunk or otherwise behaving carelessly present a grave danger to themselves and others. Injuries and deaths are common and these drivers can be held accountable for the damage they cause.
If you or someone in your family has been injured or killed in a car accident, contact the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation. Call 1-800-887-1965 to speak with an accident lawyer today.
NTSB Lists Most Wanted Safety Improvements, NBC News, November 14, 2012
State Does its Part to Prevent North Carolina Auto Accidents Over the Holidays, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, November 22, 2012
AAA Carolina Ranks Safest Cities for Travelers, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, October 30, 2012