Road Defects and Car Crashes

Posted by on Jan 7, 2017 in Car Accident | 0 comments

Mechanical malfunctions, recklessness and negligence of drivers, and driver error are some of the common causes of traffic accidents. But what if the manufacturers and sellers already provide adequate safety measures and the drivers are already diligent? Is it possible that a traffic accident can still occur? Yes. Defects in the road itself can be a cause of a car crash, and your first line of defense is knowledge of what kind of defects a road can have that can potentially trigger an accident.

Construction issues

Roads that are proven to go against the approved construction plans can be considered defective, especially if they cause certain inconveniences. An example of which is the use of substandard materials, which can shorten the effectiveness of the roads even though they are being maintained.

Design issues

If a road has unnecessarily dangerous curves, slopes, and dips, it may be said that it has a defective design. Defective design can also include limited visibility because of obstructions and hazards, improper drainage that may cause ponding in the road, and inadequate skid resistance in the pavement.

Maintenance issues

Cities, counties, and state governments have the responsibility of road maintenance to make sure that the roads are in their top condition. This helps prevent accidents. If the responsible party fails to maintain its roads, it may be held liable.

Signs of poor maintenance include the presence of potholes, cracks, cave-ins, and paint marks that look eroded or have low visibility.
Road defects do not just concern the road itself. There are other factors around the road that complete the effectiveness of the roads. If these factors are defective or missing, an accident can occur. Some of these factors include the following:

  • Clearly marked intersections and crosswalks
  • Installed barriers and guardrails
  • Safe conditions around road construction zones
  • Visible road signs and warning signs
  • Working traffic control devices

Preventing car accidents is not just about driving safely, because after all, there are also external factors that may trigger accidents. They may be other drivers who are reckless, manufacturers and sellers who are neglectful, and roads that have construction, design, or maintenance issues. In order to prevent them, the least you can do is to read about them.

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