What road hazards pose the greatest risk to motorcycle riders in the United States? What is Kansas doing to mitigate the risk to riders throughout the state? Motorcycle accident attorneys in the US tend to agree that roads across the nation are falling apart. This is creating road conditions that are especially hazardous to motorcycle riders.
The Causes of Poor Road Conditions
Poor roads are the result of a number of factors. These include poor design and improper site preparation. They include the use of poor quality materials. There are also "acts of God." Specifically, the freeze/thaw cycle which can lead to road buckling, bending, and pothole formation.
Potholes and Bumps in the Road
Approximately 33% of America's roadways are rated in sub-standard or poor condition. In Kansas, roughly 11,225 road miles are considered good quality. 4,693 road miles are in bad shape with 1,512 posing a serious risk to motorcycle riders. I-70 is one of the most dangerous roads in Kansas. This is due to the high number of potholes, and the large amount of "washboarding" caused by heavy truck traffic.
The Costs of Bad Roads
AAA estimates that bad roads cost motorists more than $3 billion a year in repairs, with the average cost of a single repair estimated around $300. The human cost is much higher. In 2016, 5,286 motorcyclists died in accidents. Road conditions were a factor in a significant number of these motorcycle accidents.
Finding the Funding to Fix the Problems
In 2008, the National Surface Transportation Policy & Revenue Study Commission estimated that the United States needed to invest $185 billion each year for the next 50 years. This is only to maintain and repair roads, most of which were built between the 1950's and 1970's. However, the current level of expenditures for road repairs is slightly over $68 billion.
Over the past few years, Kansas has dramatically cut funding for road construction and repair. Motorcycle accident attorneys argue that the lack of repairs are placing an increasing number of motorcycle riders and motorists at risk of an accident.
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