Texas is the largest local in the continental United States; and with this in mind, it’s no surprise that it contains more roadway miles than any other state. Due to the vast miles of roads, state and city officials should ensure that these passages are safe to travel on, however, that isn’t the case.
Texas Road Rating & Costs
In 2017, Texas roads were given a “D” rating by the federal infrastructure report card, and if we recall grade school, we will remember that a “D” is just barely passing the class. This poor road rating impacts Texas citizens on a daily basis, and forces Texans to pay hundreds of dollars a year in repairs. In fact, the federal government estimates that the state’s road conditions costs Texans a repair total of $506 per motorist per year. Unfortunately, Texas road conditions also account for the largest number of auto accidents of any state.
Hidalgo Roads & Accidents
The federal government states that there are 55,000 miles of Texas roads considered to be in “poor quality”. If something doesn’t change, this percentage will increase, and motorists will pay for it. In 2016, 75 people were killed while driving on Hidalgo County roads, the highest fatality total for Hidalgo since 2012. Additionally, 14,852 crashes occurred in Hidalgo, which means a large number of residents were impacted by Hidalgo traffic conditions. While not all of these accidents were caused by poor quality roads, certainly some of these crashes were influenced by pitiful road upkeep.
If you were injured due to any of the following road conditions, you may have the right to pursue financial recovery for your injuries:
- Broken or hard to read traffic signage
- Unmarked lanes
- Faulty guardrails
Although this list covers some of the main scenarios were faulty road design can cause injuries, it is nowhere near exhaustive. If you were injured in an auto accident due to improper road upkeep, reach out to Stern Law Group for a free consultation. We help you evaluate your options so you can take the next best step.