Trucking Kills

With the growing number of cars on the road, it would seem fitting that the number of fatal accidents would also continue to grow. Thanks to the growing innovations in safety technologies and educational efforts the number of auto fatalities has actually decreased. This is a positive shift in the way we can transport ourselves, loved ones, strangers, and belongings or goods. People from the past would dream about the safety features that have become common base model parts. Sadly, even with the assistance of such features, tragedy can still strike.

There are always situations where someone is not in control. The actions of one driver can not only the flow of traffic, but also the lives of any driver behind the wheel. In a specific incident, two children sustained fatal injuries in a crash between a van and a semi-truck. An entire family will have a much different life than they would have before their crash. This wrongful death scenario is what technological innovations are trying to prevent. Although there has been a decrease in the amount of vehicular deaths, there are still, “nearly 1.3 million people [dying] in road crashes each year”, according to the Association for Safe International Road Travel. Such a high figure raises the question of whether or not our roads are safe enough. Inconsistent size ratios in automobiles, trailers, and road lanes are all contributing factors to crashes. In a specific accident in Clay County, Indiana, a mother and child were fatally injured. This unfortunate event adds more to the long list of cases just like it. In the same page, the ASIRT also stated that “over 1,600 children under 15 years of age die each year”. The youth of America deserve to be safe on our nation’s roads. In the tragedy that took place in Indiana, a larger truck was responsible for causing the minivan and its passengers to experience fatal injury and heavy trauma.

The need for innovation in the design of new automobiles, large semi-trucks, and our road systems is obvious. We must push for higher standards in safety features within the automobile and for creative engineering that delivers safe roads for our society. In order to avoid additional damages such as the fact that, “Road crashes cost the U.S. $230.6 billion per year, or an average of $820 per person”. Such massive amounts of damage in the form of fines, repair costs, and salaries to government first responders can not continue to burden the wallets of American drivers. These instances can be dealt with through the form of legislation calling for safer roads and more thorough driving education.

In full, we can see that the roads of this nation are not safe, statistically speaking. It is our duty to each other that we, as a nation, insist on safe forms of transportation. In an ideal world, this could also translate as an environmentally safe way of travel. Surely the future would appreciate safety and respect for our planet.

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