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Fatigue-related crashes top 2016 NTSB list

Fatigue leads to serious car crashes every year in New Jersey. The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a "Most Wanted" list regarding safety improvements for 2016. Preventing fatigue-related crashes is listed as a top concern along with several new concerns and return concerns from 2015.

New concerns include improving rail transit safety oversight, promoting availability of collision-avoidance technologies, strengthening occupant protection, expanding the use of recorders and completing the use of rail safety initiatives.

Repeat issues from 2015 include substance impairment in transportation, disconnecting from deadly distractions, preventing loss of control in flight aviation and requiring medical fitness for duty testing.

A former chairman for the NTSB noted that even though cars are "safer and smarter than ever before", 35,000 people still lose their lives every year as a result of car accidents. She also stated that the new list is a "roadmap guiding us toward zero deaths on the roads."

Many people lose their lives or are injured every year as a result of crashes caused by fatigue and other avoidable conditions. A person who has been injured by a negligent driver may incur costly medical bills as they recover. Filing a civil lawsuit is one way to recover these costs. Car accident victims with catastrophic injuries may also be able to claim damages for the costs of future care and rehabilitation, as well as damages for pain and suffering.

To prevail in a personal injury lawsuit, the plaintiff must first prove that the accident was the fault of another person or entity. The plaintiff must also prove how much he or she was damaged. A person injury lawyer may be able to help injured accident victims prove their case to insurance companies and in court.

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