Updated Infrastructure Leads to Safer RoadsAugust 1, 2019
According to AAA, an estimated 3,185 lives could be saved each year by updating road infrastructure. With many Americans on the road, it is important to update infrastructure. There are currently six roadway improvements that could lower the risk of experiencing a car accident. These improvements will also lead to fewer hospital bills and less damage. According to experts, infrastructure improvements could reduce the risk of a crash by up to 95 percent in certain areas.
Intersections are responsible for an estimated 30 percent of fatalities and severe injury cases. Many of the accidents that occur at intersections are right-angle collisions. Implementing roundabouts in place of intersections will help avoid these types of collisions.
An easy way to reduce crash rates are clearing objects on the side of the road, including tires, car parts, and other debris. Improvements to side slopes could also promote safety. Ultimately, roadside improvements could reduce crashes by up to 20 percent.
Improving Pedestrian Crossings
Unfortunately, not all fatalities or severe injuries are caused by two vehicles colliding. Instead, many cases occur when a driver hits a pedestrian. To keep pedestrians safe, sidewalks should be implemented. Other improvements include installing signals at popular crosswalks. Improving pedestrian crossings could potentially reduce crashes by up to 20 percent.
Implementing Median Barriers
Median barriers can also help reduce the impact of crashes. Installing barriers on highways prevent vehicles from driving the wrong way. Whether a driver is distracted, drunk, fatigued, or unfamiliar with the highway, driving the wrong way on a highway can lead to disastrous consequences. It may lead to head-on collisions, which can be fatal. Installing median barriers can result in a 14 percent reduction of motor vehicle accidents.
Installing Rumble Strips
Rumble strips help drivers stay in their lane while driving. This improvement will help prevent the consequences that result from distracted, drunk, or fatigued drivers. These drivers may be unaware that they are drifting from their lane. Rumble strips can help alert drivers to return to their lane. This roadway improvement could reduce car accidents by an estimated nine percent.
Roadway shoulders are important for safety, particularly for emergency responders. Responders tend to park their vehicles in shoulders, giving them easy access to a crash scene. Roadway shoulders are also useful for drivers who have a flat tire or other mechanical problems. Widening shoulders gives vehicles more room and keeps pedestrians further from driving lanes. Paving shoulders can reduce car accidents by three percent.
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