The Danger of Potholes to Motorists and Pedestrians

We can all think of a road or parking lot, near our home or our place of work that is filled with potholes or dangerous holes along the sidewalk. Sometimes these potholes have been there for so long we might forget about them or think them commonplace. They are often just downright annoying and we might not consider how dangerous they are. However, while it might be hard to believe, potholes are one of the leading causes of traffic accidents to both drivers and pedestrians.

The Danger of Potholes to Motorists and Pedestrians

Pot Holes

We can all think of a road or parking lot, near our home or our place of work that is filled with potholes or dangerous holes along the sidewalk. Sometimes these potholes have been there for so long we might forget about them or think them commonplace. They are often just downright annoying and we might not consider how dangerous they are. However, while it might be hard to believe, potholes are one of the leading causes of traffic accidents to both drivers and pedestrians.

Motor Vehicle Accidents and Problems.

Potholes can severely damage vehicles. Drivers might be unaware of the potholes and drive over them at full speed, causing major damage to the undercarriage or front of their car. Tires can become damaged and even get holes in them from hitting a pothole, causing the tires to need to be replaced or realignment might be needed.

Additionally, potholes can cause major motor vehicle accidents. A tire can come loose and hit another car, or a driver could notice the pothole and swerve at the last second, hitting another driver and vehicle. This can be a chain effect and cause other drivers to crash as a result of the driver’s quick reaction to the pothole.  Potholes are especially dangerous on the major highways and interstates, where drivers are going at much higher speeds. Accidents that happen at top speeds are often fatal or lead to serious injuries. Deep potholes often occur in parking lots, at casinos or car dealerships. These too, can cause major damage to customer vehicles.

Pedestrian Incidents

Potholes are not only dangerous to drivers but to pedestrians as well. While you should always be careful when walking near a road, pedestrians are unaware of potholes. If a driver swerves to miss a pothole, they can hit a pedestrian. Injuries are often serious when a pedestrian is hit, as they have no form of protection being outside of a vehicle. Imagine stepping into a deep pothole unawares, this may lead to torn ligaments or broken bones.
Repairing Potholes on Pathways, Driveways and Parking Lots.

It is impossible to prevent potholes from forming, as there are many reasons for their existence, however help is at hand. At First Water Construction we specialize in asphalt and concrete repair and construction. Take a look at some of our projects to see how wonderful a pothole free parking lot can look. Protect your property and your customers, get your parking lot, driveway and pathways repaired today!

 

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