Earlier this year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its “most wanted” list of the many changes that are needed to keep people alive and lower the incidence of transportation accidents. Among the changes making the list were ways to lower the occurrence of accidents related to fatigue, promote collision avoidance technologies, remove deadly distractions and put an end to accidents involving substance impairment.
The NTSB reports that fatigue is an issue among all forms of transportation. In fact, 20 percent of the 182 major investigations done by the NTSB between the years of 2001 and 2012 noted fatigue as a “possible cause, contributing factor, or a finding.” The Board stated that in order to combat the issue, a comprehensive approach must be taken. This includes conducting research, looking at the possibility of treating sleep disorders, reviewing hours-of-service regulations and examining on- and off-duty scheduling practices and policies.
Every year, thousands of individuals sustain serious injuries or die in automobile crashes on our country’s highways. Many of these collisions are preventable. The technology that is currently available for avoiding collisions could minimize or even prevent the impact of some accidents. The NTSB strongly encourages that such technology in passenger and commercial vehicles be included as standard equipment in all new automobiles.
With all the gizmos and gadgets available to individuals today, it should not be surprising that distraction has been the cause (or a contributing factor) in a variety of accidents. The NTSB has found that getting rid of unnecessary distractions is the “first step in safely operating any vehicle.” That said, the Board believes it will take a “cultural change” for those who operate motor vehicles and other forms of transportation to disconnect and keep themselves and others safe on the roads.
The NTSB states that over the last 15 years, statistics have shown that about one-third of highway collisions that resulted in death involved drivers who were impaired by alcohol. Today, the issue has expanded to drivers using illegal and legally-prescribed drugs – all of which can affect their ability to operate a motor vehicle. The Board notes that more data will be needed to understand the extent of the issue and the helpfulness of countermeasures.
At Injury Funds Now, we understand how stressful dealing with your accident injuries can be. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may be dealing with mounds of medical bills, as well as your regular monthly bills. Your attorney is working hard to make sure you receive fair payment for all that you’ve gone through; however, the process can seem to go on and on with no end in sight.
If you have attempted to obtain funds through alternative means, but things have not worked out in that regard, you may want to consider applying for legal funding with IFN. Getting funds to help you fulfill your financial obligations while you wait for a settlement or resolution to your trial is an easy process. The funds we provide personal injury victims are designed to allow those victims a balanced playing field against the deep pockets of the defense insurance companies - all without having to rush to make a quick settlement that may be much lower than what is actually deserved.
There are a number of injuries that qualify for funding and we help make sure that the application process is as painless as possible. To learn more about our application process, call the Injury Advance Hotline at 1-866-68-FUNDS (36837) or use the online contact form.