If you think that the majority of motor vehicle accidents are caused by drunk driving, distracted driving, driver error, and speeding, unfortunately, you wouldn’t be far from the truth. However, other major threats of motor vehicle accidents are caused by unsafe roads, poorly kept highways, dangerous intersections, and a lack of signage. These unsafe circumstances have the potential to manifest when the municipality or another entity in charge fails to fulfill obligations or is negligent.
In working with the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), every state is responsible for cooperating with political subdivisions, tribal governments, and other parties to develop and put into action an all-inclusive highway safety program to help lower traffic accidents, fatalities, and injuries that take place on public roads. While highway and traffic engineering that focuses on efficiency and safety is a major part of helping to reduce motor vehicle accidents, it is particularly crucial for pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
It only takes a second for a traffic accident to result from unclearly marked lanes, narrow curb lanes, or signs that are blocked by foliage. These types of on-road facilities must be properly designed and maintained in order to provide motorists with the information and protection they need to follow traffic laws and avoid accidents.
With the NHTSA launching its Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 in May, funding will be directly put into improving road safety in various ways. For instance, highway projects will focus on implementing the latest safety standards applying to creating wider shoulders, newer and more effective guardrails, and building hundreds of miles of rumble strips and cable median barriers. Of course, more is in the works to create safer roads to help prevent serious injury or fatal accidents, but what about individuals who have already suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a dangerous roadway accident?
At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, our car accident lawyers in LA are committed to obtaining only the most substantial case results for our clients. Never settling for less than what our clients deserve, our attorneys utilize expert witness testimony and apply years of seasoned litigation experience to win record-breaking and award-winning jury verdicts and settlements. Call our firm today at 213-514-8332 to find out how we can help protect your rights and hold negligent parties liable for your accident and injuries.