In 2018, there were 128,420 crashes reported on the roadways of Pennsylvania. More than 1100 people died as a result. That’s an average of just over 14 automobile accidents every hour and three people dying each day on the roads of our state.
When most people talk about the cause of so many accidents they talk about things like distracted drivers, cell phones, and DUI. And sure, those things do contribute to many car accidents. Most people, however, don’t think about how many roadway accidents are caused by the road itself. With 72,320 miles of rural roadways and 48,276 miles of urban roads sprawling out across the state, it’s a lot to consider.
You may not know it, but recent reports rank Pennsylvania as having the 5th worst roads in the entire country. Making things worse, the biggest problems aren’t with the highways, they’re with the local and rural roads that most Pennsylvanians drive on every day.
Reports from 2015 showed that 22% of Pennsylvania’s rural roadways and 22% of the state’s rural bridges are in bad condition. That’s almost one in four. How many different roads do you drive on every day? And how many bridges do you cross?
The national averages are considerably lower at 15% and 10% respectively. If we consider bad bridges alone, Pennsylvania’s rank moves up to 3rd in the country, but that’s still only a fraction of a percent behind the top state, which is Rhode Island.
It’s estimated that the poor condition of such a large portion of Pennsylvania’s roads costs every motorist in the state about $600 per year.
Most often, people associate things like potholes with badly maintained roads but there are many other road-related factors that can cause accidents as well. To name just a few:
- Lack of proper signage (such as for a sharp curve)
- Missing speed limit signs
- Damaged guardrails
- Worn or missing paint
- Overgrowth of trees or brush that obstruct the view
- Problems with water drainage
- Soft and/or deteriorating roadway edges
All of these things are part of the maintenance that should be carried out regularly by the state.
Bad conditions may not have developed because something was purposely neglected, but that doesn’t change the fact that something was neglected and you could be injured because of it.
It doesn’t matter if the only person involved in an accident is you or if one or more other people are part of it. If you are traveling on a roadway that’s in bad condition and get into an accident, the state could be held at least partially responsible for any injuries or damages that occur as a result.
Talk To A Qualified Pennsylvania Car Accident Attorney
If you’ve been involved in an auto accident in Pennsylvania and suspect that it may have been caused either fully or partially by a road that was in bad condition, you should speak with a qualified, experienced Pennsylvania car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Acting quickly is essential for making sure that necessary evidence is preserved and documented properly.
At Solnick & Associates, we have the knowledge and experience needed to present a solid case and make sure that you receive all of the benefits to which you are entitled. Don’t take chances with your physical or financial well-being. If you’ve been involved in a car accident on a Pennsylvania roadway, contact us online or call (877) 415-6495 to schedule a free consultation. We’ll be happy to go over the details of your case and discuss what we can do to help you.