The UN has a stated goal of halving global road traffic deaths between 2016 and 2020. While the rate of traffic deaths has decreased, it is unlikely that this goal will be met. However, there are several steps that countries around the world can take to make roads safer. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, there were 1.35 million traffic deaths in Florida and throughout the world in 2016.
Among the steps that countries can take is to have a national speed limit. It is also important for countries to have laws that prohibit impaired driving. However, only 46 countries have speed limit laws that meet established best practices. Furthermore, in countries with laws against impaired driving, only 136 set a blood alcohol limit. There are 161 countries that have national seat belt laws, and of those nations, 71 percent meet best practices for such laws.
Of countries that meet best practices for a given law, all of them have moderate or high income levels. No country that was designated as low income has a law that meets these standards. Furthermore, there was also no improvement in the rate of traffic deaths in countries labeled as having a low income between 2013 and 2016. However, there was an improvement in this rate among countries in the two other income brackets.
Car accidents can result in broken bones, brain injuries or other negative consequences for those involved in them. A negligent driver may be liable for paying an injured victim's medical bills or lost future earnings related to the accident. In some cases, multiple parties, such as a driver's employer or a government agency, could be liable for damages. Cases may be resolved through a settlement or formal trial.