March 25, 2013
Each year, a number of Car Accident injuries occur due to drivers lacking knowledge about changing road conditions because of poor signage. An even higher percentage of these accidents occur at night.
To combat this problem, the Cattaraugus County Department of Public Works has begun the process of inspecting road signs throughout the county to ensure they meet federal safety standards.
According to an article from The Buffalo News, each of approximately 12,000 signs covering nearly 400-miles of road must be examined at more than 55 mph. A motorist in a full-size pickup truck or SUV made after the year 2000 must conduct this inspection during dark hours.
These inspections were completed on Friday. Now, the department must evaluate the inspection results and develop a plan for repairing signs that have become too worn to be effective in preventing accidents.
Officials say the project is not only vital from a safety standpoint, but also as a cost-management tool. County Legislator, William H. Weller, explained defective road signage is often one of the first contributing factors to be considered in the event a motor vehicle collision occurs.
The Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices applaud the efforts being made to improve highway safety in the Buffalo area and hope the inspections will be effective in preventing crashes from occurring.