Potential Dangers of Bad Roads in Florida
Posted on behalf of Gordon & Partners on Feb 19, 2013 in Auto Accidents
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials claim that approximately 50 percent of all roads in the United States are in bad condition. Any driving resident who has traveled along the Florida Turnpike, Interstate 95, or any heavily trafficked roads understands that road construction is a commonality in the state of Florida. Surprisingly enough, however, is that while this construction continues throughout the state, far too many bad roads still remain. These adverse conditions have led to thousands of accidents each and every year.
Bad roads, in Florida and across the country, have become a growing issue as government officials are recognizing the enormous impact these conditions have on the state of driving safety. As residents of Pembroke Pines, Stuart, and Palm Beach Gardens travel along the streets and highways, they must take special precaution in areas where bad roads are present. Statistically, the severity of motor vehicle collisions increases significantly when bad roads are involved.
Gordon & Partners has represented a large number of Florida motorists who have suffered from the bad roads that exist throughout the state. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car crash where adverse road conditions were present, you may be entitled to compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and any other costs associated to the traffic accident.
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Types of Bad Roads
According to recent studies from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the reconstruction of a road after about 25 years of abandonment would cost over three times the amount of money that is would take to maintain and preserve a road in suitable conditions over time. Unfortunately, however, these statistics reflect the growing number of roads in the state of Florida which are being either completely reconstructed or fixed.
When construction sites are present, especially in heavily trafficked regions in the Sunshine State, a number of potentially life-threatening situations are involved. First and foremost, the drivers who are navigating the bad roads of Florida are put at risk of being in a car accident of some kind. Avoiding a collision becomes much more difficult when specific areas of the road are in bad condition and no signage exists to warn motorists. More often than not, these areas in the roads and highways that need fixing cause quite a few collisions before they are addressed. In addition, when road construction is taking place, another set of precautions must be taken to follow signs, avoid construction workers, and maintain safe driving habits.
The following are some of the most commonly seen types of bad roads in Florida:
Oil and Chip: before a road is resurfaced, many construction companies will use oil and chip to temporarily fix the problem. Unfortunately, this causes the roads to become extremely slippery when left for lengthy periods of time.
Work Zones: when traveling through a construction area, Florida motorists must pay special attention to road signs. Work zones often indicate shifts in lanes as well as uneven roads, both of which require an alert, aware driver.
Potholes: when chunks of the asphalt or blacktop are missing on the roadways, a number of severe motor vehicle collisions may occur. Due to the difficulty in spotting these potholes before it is too late, Florida drivers are encouraged to alert local authorities when they discover that a pothole is present.
Ice Patches: while ice patches do not exists in South Florida, northern regions of the state may experience ice patches on the roads when rains exist in cooler weather. When the temperature becomes cool enough that ice patches are capable of forming, northern Florida drivers must exercise additional caution.
Slippery When Wet: hydroplaning is the cause for a large percentage of auto accidents that take place during the rainy season. In Florida, the highways become very slippery when rains are heavy, drivers must reduce speeds and take turns slower during these times.
Shoulder Drop-Off: when there are about two inches or more below the roads surface on a shoulder, a drop-off area forms and can cause a number of different auto collisions if ignored.
Regardless of the specific types of bad roads, Florida drivers must always maintain a level of heightened awareness while navigating the roads and highways in the Sunshine State. Due to the fact that predicting the location of bad roads is largely impossible, it is imperative that Florida motorists pay special attention to road signage. For a free, no-obligation consultation, contact the offices of Gordon & Partners today.
Contact a Florida Attorney Today
With offices in Pembroke Pines, Palm Beach Gardens, and Stuart, Gordon & Partners is able to offer its legal services to residents across the entire state of Florida. If you or a loved one has been injured due to bad road conditions, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Our personal injury firm is dedicated to providing unmatched customer service, making sure that all of our clients feel comfortable and well taken care of. The goal of our personal injury attorneys is always to achieve the maximum compensation possible for our clients.