Accidents Caused By Poor Road Quality
California’s highways are among the worst in the country.
Because of their deteriorating state, drivers in Californian cities are forced to shell out more money for the maintenance of their cars, a new study finds.
The research was led by the TRIP group, a non-profit organization that studies and distributes economic and technical data on road transport issues, which evaluated the road conditions of 25 urban regions with at least 500,000 inhabitants.
The analysis positioned Los Angeles (including Long Beach and Santa Ana) in the first and second place, respectively, in the list of US cities where roads are in a ‘poor’ state.
The document exposes the shortcomings in US road infrastructure and suggests that nearly one-third of the country’s major urban roads – including local and interstate highways, bridges, and other circulatory routes – have pavement that is poor and provide an unacceptable and rugged ride to motorists.
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When a Road Is Maintained Poorly?
The importance of roads for development and human relations has had the main objective of the promotion of knowledge in the construction and maintenance of these structures.
In general, the initial purpose of a road is to unite cities and destinations through an easily accessible path.
However, taking the technical literature on bridge classifications into account, it is necessary to consider design aspects, such as the obstacles to overcome, lateral views, number of free spaces, materials, nature of traffic, etc.
In general, it is recognized that there is generally a greater emphasis on large roads with complex structural systems, all the while without adequately considering small and medium-sized roads.
Yet thousands of small roads connect countless people, giving them access to needed resource opportunities and a flow of production.
Unfortunately, it is possible that most of the rural and urban roads present critical pathological conditions, putting at risk the security of society and producing economic losses.
These conditions include uneven pavement, fluctuations in temperature that damage the asphalt, wear and tear, etc.
Common Road Conditions That Contribute To Car Accidents
- Confusing or damaged road signs
- Blind curves and poorly banked roads
- Lack of traffic signals
- Broken guardrails
- Low bridges, incorrect bridge markings
- No nighttime lighting
- Poor landscaping
Why Should Single Car Accidents Be Investigated?
If the road on which you were traveling presented any irregularities or had faulty maintenance, and that caused you to suffer an accident while driving your personal car, you can file a lawsuit with the government agency responsible for the maintenance of that road.
This is why it is important to investigate single car accidents; determining the safety of a road could help prevent further accidents and help you gather enough evidence to fill a claim.
Things like tire blowouts can cause fatal car crashes, and sometimes a road that isn’t properly maintained could cause the blowout.
After an accident be sure to get a police report documenting what happened and if need be you can fight the report.
Who is Responsible For Maintaining Roads, Freeways, Bridges, in California?
The California highway and highway network is critical to the quality of life and for the economy of the State.
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However, the degree of deterioration of the roads in California is staggering:
- Californian demolished roads cost motorists $762 a year.
- California ranks second in the country in terms of the highest number of roads in “bad conditions”.
- 58% of state highways need rehabilitation or maintenance of pavement.
- California has 4 out of 5 cities with the worst road conditions in the country.
- 55% of local bridges require rehabilitation or replacement.
- Almost 70% of California’s highways and freeways are congested.
- Without additional funding, a quarter of local roads will be in deteriorating condition in 2024.
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is a California State Government Agency responsible for controlling the state’s highways, and it does not have sufficient funds to address these critical shortcomings:
- Local roads and highways are facing a $78 billion maintenance deferred and an annual deficit of $7.8 billion.
- CalTrans faces $59 billion in labor costs deferred and an annual deficit of $5.7 billion in the Operation and Protection of State Roads (SHOPP).
Worst Roads in California That Need Maintenance
Uneven or bumpy roads are typical in Los Angeles; it is very common that you find holes in the streets if you travel around the city.
If you think our roads and streets are among the worst in the country, then you are right.
A recent report from the nonprofit National Transportation Research group called TRIP revealed that California is number one in terms of having the worst road conditions in the country.
The research found that 71 percent of the roads are in poor condition in the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, putting them first on the ranking.
For the second place, there are three cities tied; Los Angeles, Long Beach and Santa Ana, each with 60 percent of their roads in bad condition.
The third place corresponds to another city in California, San Jose, which has 59 percent of its roads in similar conditions.
TRIP analyzed the condition of major urban roads in the United States using figures from the Federal Highway Administration.
Each year this administration asks transportation officials how they qualify their local highways.
During 2016, a third of all roads were rated as bad while another 39 percent were mediocre.
Only a total of 28 percent was given a good rating and that number was reduced when rural roads were added.
These poor conditions are a problem because the amount of drivers and the hours they drive continue to increase.
As the economy improves and gasoline prices fall, more drivers are motivated to drive for a longer time, which damages the roads.
TRIP reported that in the past 15 years, drivers have increased by 15 percent.
This also means an increase in the number of freight trucks on the roads. This type of vehicle causes more damage than small ones.
Bad road conditions are not only dangerous, but also expensive. The cost is divided between cities and drivers.
With such high percentages, the problem of bad road conditions in California can no longer be ignored.
The TRIP report concluded that short-time repairs will not be sufficient and that preventive measures should be applied to prolong the life of the roads.
Every hole or bump you hit affects your car, increases the gas it requires, and contributes to the potential of damaging your vehicle.
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