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DOT says traffic deaths could be eliminated in 30 years

Many Texas residents have been involved in car accidents that were caused by some kind of human error. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, human error is a factor 94 percent of traffic accidents. The agency believes that if this can be eliminated, the roads can be far safer.

On Oct. 5, officials from the DOT announced a goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities within 30 years. The agency believes that self-driving cars have the potential to solve the problem of human error, so autonomous technologies are a big part of the plan to bring the number of annual traffic deaths down to zero. Other efforts that the agency will use to reach its goal include campaigns against distracted and drunk driving and the promotion of seat belt use.

Data showing rising fatal car accident rates prompted the DOT's goal of zero traffic deaths in 30 years. In 2015, there was a 7.2 percent increase in fatal car accidents over the previous year. The upward trend may continue as data from the first half of 2016 shows that the rate of increase in traffic deaths is accelerating. Car accident fatalities during the first six months of 2016 were 9 percent higher than they were during the first six months of 2015.

The types of human behavior that cause motor vehicle accidents are varied. They can include driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, being distracted by a cellphone, speeding, driving while fatigued and other issues. A person who has been injured in such an accident may want to have the help of an attorney in seeking compensation from the at-fault motorist for medical expenses and other losses.

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