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Were you in a car crash due to poor roads and minimal visibility? If someone were to ask you, “What is the #1 cause of fatal car accidents?” how would you answer…
Sorry, if you guessed this, you’d be wrong. Drunk driving is the second leading cause of fatal car accidents, costing the nation approximately $130 billion, and more importantly, many lives. However, there is another factor responsible for taking even more lives.
These are all good guesses and they all cause a significant number of fatal crashes a year. However, none of these are the #1 cause of fatal car accidents. Do you want to guess again before we tell you?
According to a 18-month research study conducted by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), poor road conditions is the #1 cause of fatal car crashes!! Poor road conditions are also responsible for accidents resulting in mild to severe bodily injuries. The PIRE study analyzed federal databases and other sources to carefully evaluate the most complete data set available on crash related statistics in the United States. PIRE is a non-profit research institution that looks for solutions to human problems.
It gets worse than the statistics above. Even when the initial cause of a car crash is something else, poor road conditions often exacerbate the results of an accident. In other words, what could have been a minor accident under good road conditions can turn into a severe, even fatal, accident if road lacks guard rails or an adequate shoulder, for example.
Federal reports issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration corroborate the conclusions reached by PIRE. More than 30 percent of all fatal car accidents are the result of poor road conditions. This is more than 10,000 lives lost per year due to poor road conditions! Many more are seriously injured because of poor road conditions.
What are some of the road conditions that kill drivers and their passengers?
Here’s a partial list:
1. Lack of shoulder or too narrow of a shoulder
2. No guardrails or defective guard rails
3. Steep precipitous drops with no protection
4. Potholes, uneven pavement, cracks, bumps, unmaintained road surfaces in general
5. Roads and bridges too narrow to handle modern vehicles
6. No median or turning lane in high traffic areas
7. Obstacles in the road and/or blocking the view
8. Misaligned roads and bridges
9. Missing signs or damaged signs
Except for private roads, governmental entities are responsible to maintain roads in a reasonable way to ensure safety. These governmental entities may include cities, counties, states, or the federal government. Sometimes there is a partnership between different entities to maintain the road. If the cause of a car accident is due to poor road conditions, or even partially due to poor road conditions, these governmental entities can be held responsible for damages. These damages include all medical treatment, physical therapy, loss of wages, loss of future wages, emotional suffering, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. However, you will never see any of this compensation without a good personal injury attorney diligently working for you.
The May Firm specializes in personal injury cases and we work tirelessly to make sure that each case has a successful conclusion. We treat our clients as if we were working to help our own family members. We also have a great deal of experience in these types of cases and know how to navigate the system. Our initial consultation is free and we work on a contingency basis, meaning you don’t pay a dime unless we successfully resolve your case. If you or a family member has been involved in a car accident, give us a call at (805) 980-7758, and we’ll set up an appointment at one of our offices.
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