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Bad Road Design Contributes to many fatal Accidents

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Most drivers would likely blamedriving under the influence, driver distraction or vehicle defect as the top reasons people die in car accidents. For more details visit:http://www.cjw-law.com/

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Bad Road Design Contributes to many fatal Accidents

  1. 1. BAD ROAD DESIGN Most drivers would likely blame driving under the influence, driver distraction or vehicle defect as the top reasons people die in car accidents, but they would be mistaken. According to research reported on by the Washington Post, more than 50% of fatal collisions on roads in Illinois and across the United States can be attributed in part to bad road design. | . l l 'r I . :_. ——-= 'V"§ZA ‘ ‘Vv ‘ ’ . 4 % The 18-month study addresses deaths that derived from conditions such as narrow bridges and trees that are situated too close to the shoulders. The report stated that these types of fatalities exceed those from drunken driving, operating without a seat belt and speeding.
  2. 2. While regional governments experience a chronic lack of funds for fixing and updating road and traffic infrastructure, the costs of ignoring poor design is loss of human life and significant environmental and property damage The study cited that poor highway and road conditions contributed to 22,000 deaths, costing $217.5 billion per year. Alcoho| ~re| ated deaths cost $130 billion, while driving without a seatbelt caused damages of approximately $60 The FHA reports that sight distance improvements alone would reduce the fatality rate by 55 percent. An accident lawyer in Chicago could corroborate The Washington Post's report that nearly of 42,000 people die in vehicle crashes each year. Officials estimate that for every $100 million put into improving highway safety, 145 road fatalities could be avoided over a 10-year span.
  3. 3. Straight, wide and well-maintained interstates have allowed the trucking industry and cross-country vehicle For decades the highway system travel to flourish in the United States has been hailed as a model of modern transportation design Twisty and hard-to-maintain back roads canvas the nation, and are a vestige of bygone days before SUVs. However, the interstate system accounts for a mere 45,000 miles of the 3.9 million miles of road across the country. Some rural roads maintain dimensions that harken back to horse and buggy days.
  4. 4. Fatal Hazards to Drivers Narrow shoulders - Lack of rumble strips and rollover dangers from guardrails - rollover dangers sharp drop-offs --—- -—- from sharp drop-offs Extremely crooked and winding Dull pavement markings — driving paths — inadequate unclear boundaries, danger to sight lines, difficult to pedestrians HIBHQUVOY -- -- —u—— Lack of breakaway signposts and light poles — poor visibility Advocates for increased spending on road improvements, such as the American Society of Civil Engineers, state that improving these conditions would help avoid thousands of deaths each year.
  5. 5. Federal guidelines vs. state standards The Federal Highway Administration's, ‘Designing Safer Roads, Practices for Resurfacing, Restoration, and Rehabilitation, " addresses a study of the financial pros and cons of applying modern highway design toward nonfreeway projects. The FHA notes that adhering to the standards in the American Association These projects are commonly of State Highway and Transportation The study showed that states known as 3R projects, or those Officials Green Book of geometric generally design these roads with involving resurfacing, restoration highway design may not guarantee lower criteria than is outlined by and rehabilitation driver safety. federal recommendations.
  6. 6. -- 1 —r for Funding "F Many of the derelict roads in Illinois and : Cathy St, Denis, spokesperson for the FHA, throughout the Unites States are stated that "Safety is our top priority, and waiting for government funding to be ‘_ r we agree that repairing and improving our repaired or restored. ~ - 3.37., g = highways will help save Iives. "
  7. 7. securing the money to fix even dangerous road conditions can be an uphill battle for state and local governments. In general, major in-state infrastructure improvements receive funding from the Highway Safety Improvement Program, which concentrates on reducing the number of deaths that occur on public roadways Obstacles For other projects, Illinois and other states often focus on finding and fixing those issues that fall within a limited budget. The focus for 3R projects is to ameliorate unsafe road conditions through pavement and joint repair, minor widening of lanes and shoulders, minor changes to curves, removal of hazardous obstacles and bridge repair. Thisiswhereanaccident| awyerinClIicagooomestotherescue. Asheisusualyfamiliarwiththeongoingdangersof poorsignage, inadequatesiyulinesandoflierstructmalfeammsfliatmaynotbeaddressed through minimal maintenance.
  8. 8. 1| Ii I: «I U I ti '9 1| According to a report by TRIP, a national transportation research group based in These increases are likely to put added Washington. D-C-. highway and mad t| 'aVei in stress on roads that already suffer from the United States rose 1.7 percent in 2013, chronic under-funding and inadequate and has continued to rise since. maintenance. [ _ ‘ . ’ - _n_n: t _r. -.. _.r. s_. -1: ‘~ I I . “Ac . .-O/ '2‘? :" e-w‘ - '~ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘v ’ "'3 ~'_r. :v-'~; r._"~. ¥-1‘ 1‘ * '~‘ ~r-*~'-ST :9 I I I -»e—e«. '- The report projects a 72 percent Bad or antiquated road design increase in commercial truck threatens to put more drivers in travel between 2015 and 2030 danger of being involved in an injurious or fatal crash on interstates and on other routes.
  9. 9. Ifyou have been involved in a vehicle accident that you suspect was due to bad Unfortunately, the typical driver is likely to I travel many roads that do not meet high Foad design. an aCCid9nt lawyer in standards for traffic safety, ’ Chicago may be able to help you take the next step to recovering your losses. V V CARY J. WINTROUB Office location: 10 South LaSa| |e Street, Website: www. cjw—| aw. com ‘* Suite 2424, Chicago, Illinois 60603 (E Phone: (312) 726-1021 B B| og: www_cjw-law. com/ bad+oad-desigmzontnbutes-to many«fataLaccidents/
  10. 10. Ifyou have been involved in a vehicle accident that you suspect was due to bad Unfortunately, the typical driver is likely to I travel many roads that do not meet high Foad design. an aCCid9nt lawyer in standards for traffic safety_ ’ Chicago may be able to help you take the next step to recovering your losses. V V CARY J. WINTROUB Office location: 10 South LaSa| |e Street, Website: www. cjw—| aw. com ‘* Suite 2424, Chicago, Illinois 60603 (E Phone: (312)726-1021 6 B| og: www_cjw-law. com/ bad+oad-designxzontlibutes-to many«fataLaccidents/

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