In response to a 7.2 percent increase in traffic fatalities in 2015, the Obama administration has proposed a traffic safety plan with the goal of zero accidents or injuries from motor vehicle accidents in 30 years. The plan, introduced on Oct. 5, will begin by promoting seat belt safety and rumble strips and discouraging distracted and drunk driving for drivers in Kentucky and throughout the country.

U.S. roads appear to be increasingly dangerous with preliminary figures from the first half of 2016 showing a 9 percent increase in injuries and fatalities compared to the first six months of 2015. However, with 94 percent of accidents attributed at least in part to human behavior, experts predict that fully autonomous vehicles along with other technology can eliminate motor vehicle crashes altogether.

Sweden was the first country to adopt a plan to eliminate traffic deaths and injuries with its 1997 Vision Zero plan. The idea spread to other countries and cities including some cities in the United States. The U.S. Transportation Secretary, said that it would be necessary for drivers, government, industry and safety advocates to commit themselves to safer roads in order to achieve the plan's goals.

Motor vehicle accidents can be costly and devastating. When they occur, people who are injured and not at fault in the accident might think that insurance companies will cover their medical expenses, vehicle repairs and perhaps any lost income, but this is often not the case. When compensation from insurance is insufficient, one option might be to file a civil lawsuit against the party or parties responsible. This might be a negligent driver, the driver's employer if the driver was on the job at the time, or a manufacturer if the accident occurred due to a defective part or a mechanical failure.