New reports from the Daily Progress chronicle the process of safety work being done in rural Orange, Virginia on a section of road near the Rapidan River as it runs between Orange and the neighboring town of Rapidan. Reports show that recent fixes to this road included the installation of new pipe and the restoration of a guard rail on an eroded river bank area. The work required closing the road for a couple of days.
Common-Sense Safety Updates
Public planners can’t eliminate all traffic accidents, but they can bring traffic injury and fatality rates down by pursuing projects that make infrastructure safer for all residents.
There are many factors at work in auto accident cases, some of the major ones being driver error, inclement weather, inebriation or driver distraction, just to name a few. But the quality and design of public infrastructure also plays a role and can have a big impact on how many of these types of accidents occur in a community. By doing common-sense fixes like the one above, governments can reduce the chances of a vehicle spinning out of control, falling off of a roadway or causing some other kind of accident.
Items like the following prevent many injuries and deaths every year in American communities:
- Guard rails and adequate shoulder spaces
- Warning lights at railroad crossings, bridges and other parts of infrastructure
- Proper line painting and reflective materials
- Traffic studies for safety and appropriate speed limits
Doing this sort of work is key to minimizing the risks that motorists and others face on community roads. In this case, it may be easy to overlook rural areas like the areas above Charlottesville, toward towns like Orange and Rapidan, and even a road that acts as a major conduit between these towns might not get the same attention as busier areas of larger towns. However, by pursuing this fix and others, local offices are keeping the infrastructure in better condition for travelers.
Virginia Injury Lawyers Can Help
Where public safety improvements do not “solve” an accident situation, personal injury lawyers often step in to look at the aftermath. These legal teams will consider questions that clients have about an auto accident case and what led to it. Such legal professionals look at each individual case to evaluate how one or more factors led to an accident. Through all of this, personal injury lawyers seek to ensure that their client’s voice is heard and that the victims get access to any settlements or other resources to which they may be entitled.
Victims of car accidents need someone on their side to explain the legal process, help them through hearings and other court events, and help them explore their legal options. At MartinWren, P.C., we have experience helping Charlottesville families respond to the tragic outcomes and aftermath of all sorts of collision accidents and other situations that cause injury. Let us help you understand and access your rights under the law.