The North Carolina Department of Transportation makes all final decisions when it comes to changing road designs or improving safety measures on state roads. Many factors can contribute to a road being hazardous for motorists who travel on them regularly. When a car accident in Greensboro, Asheville or elsewhere occurs because a road is deemed dangerous, state and local governments can be held responsible when roads are not repaired or designed properly.
Charlotte car accident lawyers know that city councils and aldermen often get involved in road design issues when it affects the welfare of motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. What we don’t understand is why trying to avoid a disruption in local businesses should take precedent over roadway user safety when it comes to safety measures that are needed in particularly dangerous areas.
Star News Online reports that aldermen in Southport are concerned about building a traffic circle that would interfere with local businesses so they have written a resolution voicing their concerns to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The installation of a traffic circle at the intersection of N.C. 87 and N.C. 211 would ease the flow of traffic and make the area safer but the board fears several local businesses will be affected in a negative capacity and potentially be put out of business.
A second option that the DOT is weighing is the use of an eight-phased signal design located at the intersection. This plan would be incorporated in a seven-mile stretch of widening current road structures from two lanes to four lanes.
Highways 75, 77 and 85, as well as, Interstate 40 are considered some of the most dangerous roadways in the state. When it comes to dangerous roadways, there are several things that can be considered a hazard. If roads sag into a low area there may be water that accumulates on top causing a risk of flooding or icy conditions that can cause motorists to lose control. Roadways that are traveled frequently or require constant snow or debris removal can be at risk of wear and tear dangers which include the development of pot holes, grooves or buckling. These hazards also may cause a motorist to lose control of the vehicle and cause serious injury if an accident occurs.
A few examples of poor road design include confusing transition markings, missing guard rails, construction zone hazards, insufficient signage, poorly designed railroad crossings, landscaping obstructions or traffic controls placed at ineffective locations.
Insufficient funding is often an excuse used for putting off remedying a dangerous area of roadway but it is the responsibility of state and local officials to make sure accidents aren’t occurring because there is poor signage or a traffic light malfunction among other things. Accidents that occur more than once in a particular area of roadway need considerable attention as to what can be done to eliminate future injuries or deaths.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident related to poor roadway design or caused by a hazardous defect in the road, call the North Carolina car accident attorneys at Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free appointment to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965.
Southport aldermen ask DOT to scratch traffic circle, by Sarah Shew Wilson, Star News Online.
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