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Most wanted list for 2016 released by the NTSB

Louisiana motorists may know that the National Transportation Safety Board works to reduce the risk of car accidents across the country. Each year, the NTSB releases an annual most wanted list in which it outlines the types of regulatory changes it believes will improve safety.

According to a former chair of the NTSB who is now the president of the National Safety Council, approximately 35,000 people are killed in car accidents annually. In order to reduce the numbers of fatalities, the agency has called for several different legal changes. One change it would like to see in 2016 is more efforts to reduce crashes related to fatigued driving.

The agency is also asking that the government implement more safety features for occupants of vehicles. It also requested that the government start requiring manufacturers to include accident avoidance technologies in all vehicles and once again called for the government to implement changes designed to further reduce impaired driving as well as distracted driving. The annual list was released on Jan. 13 during the NTSB's presentation at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board.

Many different types of problematic driving behaviors lead to accidents. A person who has been injured in an accident caused by a careless driver, such as one who is distracted or sleep-deprived may want to have the assistance of an attorney in filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent motorist. Damages that are often sought in such an action include the reimbursement of previously-incurred medical expenses, the cost of future medical care and treatment, rehabilitation and lost wages, among other amounts.

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