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Study Suggests Improved City Designs to Improve Traffic and Reduce Accidents


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9/16/2015
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A report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that 25,580 people died and many more were injured in 2012 auto accidents from January through September. Being prepared before an accident can enable a victim to obtain all the necessary information that will be helpful to their case.

Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident you should discuss your case with an accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

According to a recent Carnegie Mellon University study, a smart traffic signal system could reduce stress-related and distracted driving-related accidents. The study offered suggestions as an ancillary report by the World Resources Institute (WRI) concluded that there is a progressive migration from rural areas to already congested cities.

The Carnegie Mellon University study suggested ways to improve commuter transportation and to improve traffic safety:

  • Create smart signals and smart streets—A system of smart signals would be installed, which included motion sensors, vehicles, and smart traffic lights. Researchers found that on average the smart signals reduced travel times by 26 percent, and reduced stop times by 40 percent. Researchers found that this reduction could have multiple effects, including improving air quality by reducing emissions by 21 percent from reduced idling time, reduced driver stress, distractions, and related accidents. Smart roads could also melt snow and evaporate rain water to make roadways safer in inclement weather.
  • Create effective transit options—Mass transit systems, including light rail and bus rapid transit, would reduce roadway congestion. Improved options would also remove impaired drivers from the roads and would present an option of vehicle-free living.
  • Improve pedestrian zones—Designated pedestrian areas would make walking a more enticing option. Improved urban design that creates pedestrian walkways, some above roadways, would reduce traffic.

If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.



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