January 10, 2013
Studies have shown that the condition a road is in may be one of the most important factors in working to prevent motor vehicle accidents in the United States, considering research from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) showed defective highway design, poor conditions, or lack of maintenance contributed to more than 30 percent of all accidents throughout the country each year.
The problem of poor highway design has many citizens in Morrisville, North Carolina, concerned for safety after realizing a sharp curve on a highway that just opened could potentially lead to a serious or fatal Raleigh Car Accident.
According to an article from WRAL News, a new stretch of NC Highway 55, connecting western Wake County with the Research Triangle, abruptly ends with a sharp curve to the right with little signage warning drivers of the need to slow down before making the turn. One witness pointed out that a driver could end up veering into oncoming highway traffic if traveling too fast around the corner and stated she had to stop her vehicle in the curve the first time she took the new route.
Officials say that while the road meets state specifications, they are considering changes to improve safety.
The North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers with HensonFuerst Injury Lawyers recognize the dangers a defective highway design can present to motorists and suggest discussing your legal rights with an attorney if you have been involved in an accident where poor road conditions were a factor.