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Poor Roads Cost Colorado Drivers $7.1 Billion Every Year

Published: June 4, 2019 366 4:36 am


asphalt road in poor condition | poor roads cost colorado drivers $7.1 billion every yearIt is estimated that nearly six million people will reside in Colorado in 2019, an increase of almost a million residents since the 2010 Census. This makes Colorado one of the fastest-growing states in America. With more people living the state, and an increased number of drivers on the road, Colorado is running into problems with traffic congestion and road maintenance. The existing infrastructure within the state to upgrade and maintain roadways needs a significant adjustment in order to keep up with the needs of the expanding population of Colorado residents.

In 2018, a study was conducted on Colorado traffic and roadways by a Washington, D.C  organization called TRIP, which specializes in transportation research. The study revealed that poor roads cost Colorado drivers $7.1 billion every year in costs related to congestion, crashes and other issues related to safety, as well as vehicle maintenance and operating costs. The TRIP study calculated that the average motorist would spend up to 52 hours a year in traffic jams due to road congestion, and would also spend on average over $2000 on car repairs and lost time due to heavy traffic.

It’s no secret that poorly maintained roadways and heavy traffic congestion can be contributing factors to increased traffic accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), aggressive driving is commonly attributed to traffic congestion on the roads. In addition to the potential safety issues that come from higher density traffic, poor road maintenance can bring with it an extensive list of hazards to drivers including:

  • Poor drainage and improper surfacing
  • Loose asphalt
  • Potholes and cracks
  • Insufficient lighting
  • Lack of signage
  • Inadequate guard rails and barriers
  • Faded traffic lines

With a full 40 percent of roads in the Denver-area deemed to be in poor condition, these findings may not surprise many Colorado residents. Officials within the Colorado Department of Transportation estimate $9 billion dollars worth of outstanding transportation issues waiting to be addressed. While funding sources for the backlog of repairs have yet to be decided, many Colorado drivers, business owners, and government officials agree that more needs to be done.

Car Accidents Due to Poor Road Conditions

If you are injured in a car accident in Colorado and you believe that poor road conditions are to blame, it is important to speak to an experienced Colorado car accident attorney immediately. Most car accident victims have 3 years from the date of the accident to file a claim. However, if you’re seeking compensation from the city or county responsible for maintaining the road, you only have 180 days to file an administrative claim in writing to the appropriate agency. If you miss this deadline, you will be prevented from filing a claim.

Contact Our Denver Car Accident Lawyers

The Gold Law FirmAt the Gold Law Firm, our Denver car accident lawyers are ready to help you after a serious car accident. No matter how your car accident occurs, we have the resources and experience needed to win your case. We know how to level the playing field and we aren’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with insurance companies. Contact Gregory A. Gold of the Gold Law Firm today for a free consultation at (303) 694-4653.


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