Potholes have gotten so bad on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway that officials have decided to reduce the speed limit on one five-mile stretch of it. The decision, while it will likely frustrate drivers who are eager to get to and from work as quickly as possible, is one that will likely reduce the number and severity of car accidents on the Parkway until they can repave it in the fall.
Potholes Force Officials to Lower Speed Limit
For those who travel the Baltimore-Washington Parkway on a regular basis, the potholes are nightmarish. Many of them are like chasms between the lanes, making lane changes dangerous. Others have emerged in the lanes, themselves, forcing drivers to swerve and dominate their lanes to avoid sinking into them.
When drivers do hit potholes on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, the depth of the crater can temporarily wrest control of the car from even the best driver. Some of the worst potholes can cause serious and sometimes irreparable damage to the car that falls into them, potentially endangering others on the road if the driver cannot reach the shoulder safely.
The problem has gotten so dire that the National Park Service has announced that it would lower the speed limits for the stretch of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway that runs alongside the Patuxent Research Refuge. The new speed limits of 40 miles per hour are designed to both keep drivers safe and to limit the extent of the damage to the roadway until the state can repave the blacktop in the fall.
Drivers are being told to expect a heightened police presence along this strip of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway for the next few weeks.
New Speed Limit Should Reduce Car Accidents
The new speed limit should keep drivers safer in two ways: Both by reducing the number of car accidents on this stretch of the Parkway, and by reducing the severity of the crashes that do happen.
Potholes and other dangerous road conditions are a frequently-overlooked source of car accidents in Maryland and elsewhere, though northern states that experience snow every year are especially prone to pothole problems. Drivers who strive to avoid potholes often cause car wrecks when they swerve suddenly and without checking for other obstacles, like other cars.
With a reduced speed on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway for this particularly devastated section of roadway, drivers will have more time to react appropriately and safely to potholes on the road. Furthermore, any mistakes that put others at risk and create a car accident will be less severe with lower rates of speed.
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The personal injury lawyers at Gilman & Bedigian represent victims of all sorts of accidents in Maryland, including those who have been hurt in car crashes. When the accident was not your fault, you deserve to be compensated for your losses by the responsible party. In most cases, that is the other driver involved in the wreck. However, where the roads were left unmaintained, the ultimately responsible party could be someone else.
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