The National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) is a federal agency committed
to promoting transportation safety on the roads, in the sky, and on open
water. The agency routinely investigates some of the most serious accidents
in the United States, including airplane accidents, mass transit incidents,
and other serious
Because the NTSB continually sees many of the same factors behind serious
transportation accidents, it also serves to raise awareness about transportation
safety concerns and how to best address them. They achieve this by releasing
an annual Most Wanted Safety List.
The 2015 NTSB Most Wanted List - released last month - features 10 of the
most pressing safety concerns among various transportation systems. This
year's list featured helicopter safety enhancements, improved rail
tank car safety, prevention of control loss in general aviation, positive
train control, and the need for making mass transit safer.
The list also featured several concerns many California residents have
Driver Distraction - Driver distraction has been called a dangerous epidemic by the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and it is responsible for
thousands of injuries and deaths every year. While many efforts have been
made to address the problem, the NTSB suggests that states taker a tougher
stance on passing and enforcing comprehensive distracted driving laws.
In addition to education, legislation, and enforcement, the NTSB calls
on communities to help create a cultural shift away from driving while
Drunk & Impaired Driving - Substance impairment - whether by alcohol or drugs - continues to remain
one of the leading causes of preventable injury and death, on roadways
and in other transportation sectors. The NTSB recommends the collection
of additional data to educate the public about this problem and to adopt
countermeasures that include stronger laws, increased high-visibility
enforcement, and expanded use of technology that can help prevent impaired driving.
Trucking Safety - Commercial trucks are an important part of the American economy, but
their size and inability to maneuver quickly also make them a danger on
our roads. According to the NTSB, accidents, injuries, and deaths involving
commercial trucks have been on the rise. To combat this, the NTSB wants
state and federal regulators to improve oversight of trucking companies,
their drivers, and their vehicles.
If you have questions about what you can do after being involved in any
type of transportation accident,
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