As the weather warms, Connecticut motorists and motorcyclists know that they have to be especially vigilant while driving. That is because potholes that have been created by the repeated freezing and thawing on the roadways are once again a major hazard. And, according to a recent report by the Automobile Association of America (AAA), potholes have now become a major national problem.
The report states that the damages from potholes have cost U.S. drivers about $3 billion dollars a year. A spokesperson for AAA noted that over 16 million drivers had their cars damaged by potholes, and the average repair costs for this damage is $300. While striking a pothole in a four wheeled vehicle is dangerous enough, hitting a pothole while riding a motorcycle can exact an even higher cost and result in fatal accidents.
Last year, the Connecticut State Department of Transportation (DOT) indicated that about 4 percent of the state’s roads remain in poor shape, despite the fact that the state is spending more than $100 million on maintaining them. DOT also stated that the number of roads that need repair continues to grow, and about 25 percent of the state’s roads will be in poor shape over the next few decades.
The report from AAA offered a few tips for drivers to minimize the damage from striking a pothole. It stated that drivers should make sure that their tires are inflated properly and have adequate tread. Drivers should also slow down when approaching a pothole, straighten out their steering wheel and take their foot off the brake before making contact with the pothole.
This report reinforces the fact that potholes have become both a local and a national problem. However, any Connecticut resident who has sustained an injury after an encounter with a pothole may want to speak with a personal injury attorney to determine if negligence was a factor with their particular situation.
Source: Hartford Courant, “Connecticut AAA: potholes are more than an inconvenience,” Don Stacom, April 24, 2016