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Road Condition-Related Accidents and Cost

19 Oct Blog | Comments

Did you know that accidents caused by road conditions cost more than any other kind of accident? According to the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation the cost by crash factor when it comes to road condition-related crashes exceeds alcohol-related accidents, which is the next highest costing, by $88 Billion.

We have all been “trained” to wear our seat belts since we were born. There have been a ton of studies showing why letting kids roll around in the back of the car, like most of us did, is unsafe. Should a person end up in an accident he or she has a much better chance of survival if he or she is wearing a seat belt.

We have all been “trained” to pick a designated driver before going out to drink. The amount of data to support the necessity of having a designated driver is undisputable. Crashing a car while intoxicated costs money, will likely cost the person his/her driver’s license and could cost lives. Driving under the influence falls into second place in terms of cost per crash.

We have all been “trained” to understand that if we speed and get into a car accident that consequences will be so much worse. Adding speed into a car accident can and will increase the impact. The devastation that can be caused can’t be put into an amount of money alone. However looking at where speeding ranks, it is the 3rd most costly type of car accident in the United States.

We have not all been “trained” to be aware of road conditions. Our driver’s education training focuses on the importance of wearing a seat belt. It also spends a lot of time talking about the consequences of driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.  A driver’s education course will also cover speeding and what happens to cars that crash at greater and greater speeds.

Driver’s Education classes go over the “rules of the road”, which is vital if a person want to get his or her license. The course will also look at texting and driving, eating and driving and why it is important to limit the number of people in your car. What is not covered very well is watching out for potholes. What is not covered is that sometimes roads are not maintained properly, or that roads are not upgraded like they should be.

We are taught to be defensive drivers, and that is an important skill. Being a defensive driver teaches a person to be aware of what is coming up ahead. A defensive driver knows what is coming and makes the proper adjustments.

Unfortunately we are human and although we can do our best, we are not perfect. We make mistakes, we give into our desire to talk on the phone or turn up the radio too loud. So, in order to begin to reduce the cost of road condition-related accidents the roads must be in better shape. It is easier to correct the environment, the roads, than it is to correct the way humans drive.


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