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U.S. Can’t Ensure Auto Safety, Report Finds

It seems that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) may not be up to the task of ensuring the safety of our cars. That’s according to a new report and congressional testimony by the Dept. of Transportation’s top watchdog.

Given all the recent auto recalls (GM’s ignition switch issue and Takata airbags immediately come to mind), I can’t say that I’m surprised. According to the report, the agency lacks the resources and safety protocols necessary to identify future auto safety problems. Agents are overworked and undertrained, which in this case appears to be a deadly combination.

The last thing we want to think about during our daily commute is whether or not our cars are safe, but it appears as though we may have no choice. At Walker Advertising, one of our highest priorities is helping people. We try to make victims’ lives a little easier after an accident or other injury. If you’re an attorney who is interested in helping accident victims, email aoesterle@walkeradvertising.com or call 1-800-4WALKER.