Every year, the National Transportation Safety Board releases a list of the most wanted safety improvements that it wants to see in industrial and transportation safety. This year’s list includes 10 areas that the National Transportation Safety Board would like to see improvements in. Out of the 10 issues, personal injury lawyers find that 6 are related to highway safety.
The 2013 Most Wanted list by the National Transportation Safety Board includes 6 highway safety-related issues. Highway safety is of particular importance to the National Transportation Safety Board, because this is the area with the highest number of fatalities annually.
Ending distractions while driving finds itself a place in the list this year, and the National Transportation Safety Board says that distractions have been a factor in many of the transportation-related accidents that the Board has been called on to investigate in the past few years.
Every time there is a plane crash, a highway safety accident, a trucking accident or any other major transportation-related accident, the National Transportation Safety Board begins an investigation. Those investigations are usually accompanied by recommendations in order to prevent such accidents in the future. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, with more than 35,000 people being killed in transportation-related accidents every year, there are a number of areas in which improvements can be made to save lives.
The list this year includes
- Improvement of safety and airport surface operations
- Preservation of the integrity of transportation infrastructure
- Bus operation safety
- Elimination of distractions in all kinds of transportation
- Improvement of fire safety in transportation
- Aviation safety
- Pipeline safety
- Implementation of positive train control systems
- Elimination of the dangers caused by impaired driving due to substance use
10. A mandate for collision avoidance technologies in all vehicles
Many of these transportation-related safety issues are under the control of different federal agencies. For instance, the Federal Aviation Administration is in charge of aviation safety, while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is in charge of commercial motor vehicle safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is concerned with highway safety-related issues. These agencies have not commented on the NTSB’s list.
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