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Safety technology key to safer driving

New York drivers might be interested in data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that showed that in 2013, for every 100 million vehicle miles driven, there were 1.09 deaths related to motor vehicle accidents. In that year alone, there were 32,719 fatalities.

Both safety technology and driver behavior can reduce fatalities. Safety technology ranges from simple solutions such as seat belts to the advanced technology of self-driving cars. While some manufacturers began installing seat belts in cars by 1960, it became a requirement in 1968, and since then, other safety features have been added as well. According to an NHTSA study, from 1960 to 2012, an average of 11,575 lives were saved each year due to safety technology. The number of lives saved actually went up over the years, and in 2012, the number was 27,600. Self-driving cars could make an even more significant impact. At minimum, if everyone had one, it could halve fatalities.

Driving fewer miles could make an impact as well. People who moved one mile closer to work and thus reduced their daily round trip commute by two miles would reduce their chances of a fatal accident from 1 in 30,400 to 1 in 36,500.

Car accidents still happen despite safety technology and careful driving, and a person might be injured by a driver who is distracted, speeding or negligent in some other way. In such an event, the injured victim might want to have the assistance of a personal injury attorney in seeking compensation from the at-fault motorist for the losses that have been sustained.

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