20% of Pennsylvania Roads Rated in “Poor Condition”
Sadly car accidents and motorcycle accidents are all too common on Pennsylvania roads. They may range from minor to serious causing personal injuries as well as damage to property. The causes of car accidents and the causes of motorcycle accidents may vary greatly. Some causes, such as traveling speed and attention to the road, are within a driver’s control, others, such as road condition, are not. Poor road conditions are an often ignored but especially pressing problem in many areas of Pennsylvania, where one in five roads is listed as being in “poor condition” and an additional third are considered merely fair.
The car and motorcycle accident attorneys of Cohen & Riechelson have been protecting the legal rights of drivers since 1972. Our attorneys have worked hard to gain a reputation for recovering full and fair compensation for injuries and property damage resulting from poor road conditions for our clients in Pennsylvania towns including Levittown, Northeast Philadelphia, Millbrook, Bensalem, Feasterville, and all of Bucks County. You can rely on our extensive experience to seek a successful verdict or settlement in your claim. Contact us online or call us in Pennsylvania at (215) 337-4915 or at our Trenton New Jersey offices at (609) 528-2596 today for a free and confidential consultation with a member of our experienced and skilled legal team.
Injuries Due to Problems with Northeast Philadelphia’s Roads and Bridges
Pennsylvania experiences wide changes in seasonal temperatures. These large variations in temperature can quickly degrade the roads. Moreover, Pennsylvania has always been a high commerce state and traffic from heavy vehicles can put additional stress on roads. Furthermore, bad road conditions are especially bad in rural areas. Though 20% of Pennsylvania roads have been ranked as poor, the rural roads in the state were recently rated the eighth worst in the country. And it doesn’t end there, the state ranked third for structurally deficient bridges and was ranked 16th in rural road fatalities.
Bensalem Attorneys Discuss Dangers of Poor Road Conditions Leading to Accidents and Injuries
Bad or poor road surfaces can have several unforeseen effects including causing damage to the cars that drive them. In addition, bad road conditions can increase the chances that a car will lose control, especially when drivers are not aware of the road’s condition ahead of time. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, speeds that are too fast for road conditions are a factor in more than half of all traffic fatalities as well as being the root cause of many other injuries and millions in property damage.
Most officials in Pennsylvania are aware of the cracks, potholes and other issues that plague local roads. However, finding the resources and political will to deal with the problems is another matter. A lack of money and a long list of municipal priorities mean that the roads often do not get the attention that they deserve.
In addition, delays in funding are often part of the problem. Funding for a project usually plays a role in how quickly it gets completed. A locally-funded project often takes around a year, while state-funded projects may take three to five years. Shockingly, a federally-funded project, by comparison, may take as long as 12 years to complete. All these delays put drivers at risk.
Contact Our Bensalem Car and Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
At Cohen & Riechelson, our car and motorcycle accident attorneys believe the law is a powerful tool that should be used to help give fair compensation to victims for their personal injuries as well as their damaged property. We have dedicated the last 40+ years to ensuring that our clients recover what is rightfully theirs and helped to make their lives whole again. One of our highly knowledgeable attorneys is prepared to assist you with your accident claim. Contact us online, or by phone anytime at (215) 337-4915 anytime for a free, no-obligation consultation.