Highway infrastructure improvements in the U.S. could save 63,700 lives and avert 353,560 accident-related severe injuries over a two-decade period. That’s the conclusion of a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The organization urges the U.S. government to focus more on repairing and maintaining highways. In building a strong case for financing such improvements, the study cites data showing that the U.S. falls behind other high-income nations as far as traffic safety is involved.
Top 6 Highway Infrastructure Improvements
The AAA study suggests that an investment of $146 billion in six cost-effective highway improvements could potentially lower both the probability and implications of crashes.
- Turning Main Intersections into Roundabouts
The study projects that this action alone could result in 30% of the predicted crash drop that would be achieved by the recommended roadway improvements.
- Setting Up Roadside Barriers and Removing Roadside Objects
Roadside barriers can minimize the severity of accidents by making drivers slow down and preventing vehicles from falling off of the road. This improvement would be responsible for 20% of the projected decline in crashes.
- Installing Pavements and Hybrid Crosswalks
Installing pavements would be instrumental in keeping pedestrians off the street. Adding hybrid pedestrian crosswalks would significantly reduce jaywalking and help drivers notice pedestrians effortlessly. This measure would deliver approximately 20% of the projected crash reduction.
- Adding Median Barricades on Divided Highways
Head-on collisions usually happen when drivers cross over into a lane of approaching vehicles. Installing barriers in the median can help prevent head-on collisions. This strategy would lead to approximately 14% of the projected crash decline.
- Installing Rumble Strips
Rumble strips can do a good job in confining drivers to their lanes, especially when they are installed in the middle and at the shoulders of a highway. This would deliver roughly 9% of the projected drop in crashes.
- Paving and Broadening Shoulders
Large roadway shoulders can minimize accidents by making it difficult to unintentionally run off the roadway. This measure would account for around 3% of the projected drop in crashes.
An Injury Claim For Accident Victims
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