We deal with all sorts of motor vehicle collisions in the office. A lot of time is spent on investigation, reviewing reports, and talking to people involved. Occasionally, those incidents involved questions about where it happened. Clearly, we will continue to need good roads to prevent the road itself from being a bigger part of each tragedy. For society this seems like a problem we should stop before it becomes an issue.
… a new national study points to what may be the last great frontier in driving safety – the vast remaining roadways where poor design or maintenance contribute to more than half of all traffic fatalities.
The Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation put the annual national cost of crashes attributable to bad roadways at $217.5 billion, more than the cost from drunken driving and more than the combined costs of speeding and failure to wear a seat belt. Even more significantly, it’s nearly four times the U.S. annual investment of $59 billion by all levels of government in roadway improvements.
In Minnesota, the institute found $2 billion in annual costs for roadway-related crashes. Both here and across the country, the problem is largely concentrated on back roads in rural areas.
As we continue to look at the economic issues, we will have to weigh the cost of keeping roads safe versus the long term cost of not doing anything. It requires forward thinking and budgeting to protect the future. Clearly, it’s something that can make a difference.
A founding partner with Bradshaw & Bryant, Mike Bryant has always fought to find justice for his clients—knowing that legal troubles, both personal injury and criminal, can be devastating for a family. Voted a Top 40 Personal Injury "Super Lawyer" multiple years, Mr. Bryant has also been voted one of the Top 100 Minnesota "Super Lawyers" four times.