From Fatal Exit

The Struggle for Safety

After the incident I endured in Laurinburg in 1992, my curiosity about crashes turned into serious research. I wanted to know how it could be that we suffer so much pain and loss on a daily basis in this country, and yet efforts toward achieving real safety seemed to have remained in neutral. I became obsessed and drove myself hard for a seven-year period between 1997 and 2004, learning about all the forces, both physical and political at work in the quest for true automobile safety. It was, to say the least, a sobering task. Never once could I forget that the ultimate stakes involve human life, human loss, and the millions of survivors whose lives are forever changed on America's roadways.

In my research, I discovered that the problem can, in a general sense, be attributed to two specific factors. First of all, the nation's apparent wholesale commitment to safety has not resulted in a significant reduction of deaths, injuries and crashes because of the increasing demand on our transportation infrastructure. Safety efforts by both government and private groups should be recognized, yes, there have been accomplishments - seat belts, air bags, and other performance...

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