Many factors can contribute to auto accidents and poor road conditions are a contributing factor. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is responsible for maintaining and servicing roads throughout Illinois with the help of state and federal funds. As a resident of or visitor to Illinois, the personal injury lawyers at Lipkin & Higgins want to ensure that you are both informed and aware of the state's road conditions.
The Current Status of Illinois' Roads
Currently, the road conditions in Illinois are not ideal. According to a report generated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, 73% of roadways are in poor to mediocre condition. This statistic means Illinois is leading in the nation for poor road conditions. It is estimated that Illinois spends around $2.4 billion per year in car repairs collectively due to bad roads, costing each motorist around $292 in auto maintenance fees annually. These costly tolls could be significantly decreased with better service and repair from the IDOT.
What Is Causing the Poor Conditions?
Illinois' poor road conditions can be attributed to many factors, including:
- Budgetary Challenges: Funding that has come from previous capital bills is reaching the end of its intended lifespan. The IDOT's budget is expected to steadily decrease over the course of the next five years. According to a report from the Illinois Department of Transportation, with this drop in funding comes a 21% decrease in the Illinois roads that are deemed acceptable.
- Going Green: With the increased popularity of hybrid and energy-efficient vehicles, the frequency of filling up at the pump has significantly decreased. Illinois uses part of gas tax revenues to fund service and repairs of roadways, thus thinning their budget considerably.
How to Identify Subpar Roadways
As a motorist, it is imperative that you know how to identify a poorly maintained roadway. If you come across a below par road, make sure to slow down and use caution while driving. Here are some easily identifiable indicators that your driving conditions have worsened:
- Large Potholes
- Faded Line Markings
- Gravel or Grass Lined Shoulders
- Blocked or Hard-to-Read Signage such as Speed Limits or Exits
- Cracked or Uneven Pavement
What to Do If You Are Involved In An Auto Accident
Auto accidents of any kind are a serious issue. If you have been involved in an accident, contact the attorneys representing injured persons at Lipkin & Higgins. We have years of experience representing clients involved in auto accidents and have seen positive outcomes. Read our case results to learn more about our firm's successes.