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How Infrastructure Safety Is Proven To Reduce the Risk of a Crash


Each time a motorist turns on their ignition, they should consider this alarming fact: federal studies have proven that the most dangerous hours of a citizen’s day is their time behind the wheel. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a crash involving a large truck resulting in injury occurs every 10 seconds, with a fatality happening every 13 minutes.

Good driving habits and better safety infrastructure devices of striping, signs, and guardrails can save a motorist from being a statistic. A quick mistake on the road can lead towards an accident, injury, liability costs, and even a loss of life.  Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are unsafe on roads that are not adequately marked with the proper stripes, signs and guardrails. Plus, when the safety instructions of those markings and signs are ignored, they are not just hurting themselves, they are endangering others.

Most drivers fail to see the total impact of their actions. While the direct costs – such as vehicle repair and insurance payments – are easy to calculate, the indirect costs are severe. These numbers, including crash reports, time and money spent on litigation, as well as the loss of life, are proven to be 3 to 5 times more expensive than the direct costs of the accident.

*Source: Centers for Disease Control, “CDC Study Finds Annual Cost of Motor Vehicle Crashes Exceeds $99 Billion,” Journal of Traffic Injury Prevention.


A Look At A Few More Numbers:

  • The total cost of a crash with injuries can range from $25,500 to $4,500,000, and the CDC reports that medical costs and productivity losses from crashes are over $99 billion
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates there were a total of 33,561 traffic fatalities in the United States in 2013
  • Speeding-related deaths nationwide account for nearly a third of all traffic fatalities each year, taking close to 10,000 lives
  • In 2012, there were 3,921 people killed, and 104,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks

The best way to combat dangerous driving habits is through better safety infrastructure standards to keep motorists in their driving lanes. As a driver, you should ask yourself, “Are the roads on which my family and I drive to work safe with adequate markings, signs and guardrails to protect us from imminent danger? Can my and other drivers’ behaviors keep our full attention on safe driving activities, and away from distractions? Running stop signs? Veering off the road?”

Better safety standards are proven to be among the most cost-effective measures to keep drivers safe. In fact, a recent ATSSA study* concluded that each $1 million dollar investment in roadway safety saves over $40 million in costs.

*Source: ATSSA Study


What Can Safety Infrastructure Investments Do For Roadway users?

Brighter, bigger and more bountiful markings, signs, and guardrails are safety solutions that we all can afford. The Highway Trust Fund Bill helps pay for some of these safety measures with each 18¢ per gallon, however, there is up to a $15 billion annual shortfall in available revenues to make our roads safer. Simply doubling the gallon-per-gas tax will pay for the shortfall – and then some – to assure all roads become safer, and everyone safely stays in their lanes on the roads en route to their destinations.

Please write to your congressman so they can take action in this legislative session for a long-term safety infrastructure solution to our roads.

To find out more, please contact ATSSA or SMITH Manufacturing today.

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