How Roadway Designs Cause Accidents
When car accidents happen, we usually tend to first believe it was due to one of the driver’s fault, but accidents don’t always occur due to driver error. Sometimes, simply the road may be to blame. Research has found that dangerous roadway conditions rank among the highest of causes of car accidents. Roadways with construction defects and design deficiency may greatly affect a driver’s experience on the road. Even if an accident is caused due to driver error, it could be made worse rather than be a minor accident if the road conditions are not safe. Here are some common road hazards to be aware of:
Fallen trees, car parts, debris, and potholes are the cause of many accidents and sometimes can take drivers by surprise, making them abruptly swerve out of their lane and hit another car. Government agencies in charge of roads have a responsibility to remove hazardous obstacles in a timely manner.
Roads can become hazardous when the pavement surface does not have sufficient skid resistance, or when poor drainage systems cause hydroplaning or ponding.
Malfunctioning or confusing traffic signs and sharp or narrow roads can triple the chance of an intersection accident, which is already common on its own.
Insufficient traffic signals and signage
Missing, confusing, defective, or improper traffic signals and warning signs can cause confusion, chaos, and accidents on roadways.
Roadways may weaken, collapse, and become unsafe if they are built poorly or with any errors or with use of poor quality materials.
If you happen to find yourself on a hazardous road, make sure to drive carefully, especially if you see debris or if the pavement feels uneven or bumpy.
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