When developers plan and build roads and intersections, experts rely on data to implement safety measures such as speed limits and road signs. There are times where municipalities must adjust safety measures, however, because they are not working or due to changes in traffic or pedestrian flow.
Unfortunately, the need for modifications may not present itself until several people sustain injuries or lose their lives to dangerous roads.
A string of fatalities plague Georgia Avenue
A recent article on WUSA9 reports on the latest fatality relating to a specific intersection of Georgia Avenue in Montgomery County. According to the County’s own data, this half-mile of the road includes nearly 30 serious or fatal collisions occurring since 2015. Many residents are expressing concern over the road’s speed and traffic conditions, stating that traffic fails to slow down in the area.
The report goes on to state that the State Highway Administration previously reduced the speed limit and narrowed travel lanes along this section of road. Although the process to install new traffic lights and pedestrian signals is already underway, the County will work with law officials to determine if they should add additional safety measures.
Families deserve compensation for injuries
In some cases, the County or State may be liable for damages that occur on roads known to be particularly dangerous. Judges may rule in favor of the family or individual if they prove that the accident was the result of neglect.
Families deserve compensation whether someone sustains injuries or families lose a loved one. It may be in the best interest of the family to contact a skilled attorney to discuss their options.