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Beware of Shoulder Edge Drop Off
Beware of Shoulder Edge Drop Off

I would like to warn you of the dangers of our highway shoulders. These highway shoulders are more commonly referred to as “pavement edge drop off” by the Federal Highway Administration. Information contained in California State design and maintenance standards reveal that the paved edge/shoulder of any given roadway should be built and maintained in a flat (flush) manner with its adjacent unpaved shoulder. A dangerous shoulder edge drop generally results from improper road maintenance. These roadway shoulders become unsafe and dangerous when a motorist leaves the roadway and then tries to re-enter over a shoulder edge drop off. What usually occurs is that the motorist needs to increase steering in order to come back up onto the pavement edge drop off to re-enter the road he pulled off of. When the motorist is successful at mounting the pavement edge drop off, the motorist instantly finds himself back on the road with an increase in steering motion. Couple this with the high speed that is necessary to merge back onto a highway and you have a recipe for disaster in that the motorist is unable to react to the movement caused by increased steering input and the car veers off the roadway opposite the pavement edge drop off and gets seriously injured.

Deteriorating Highway Shoulders
Deteriorating highway shoulders can cause auto accidents with personal injuries and wrongful deaths on our roadways. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) says about 11,000 people get hurt and some 160 people actually die per year in motor vehicle accidents associated with dangerous pavement edges around highway shoulders of the roadway. The figures have resulted in a cost of approximately $1.2 billion.

The highway shoulder may be in a defective state if there is a dangerous drop-off zone between the roadway edge paving and the shoulder. These drop-offs are really unsafe when uneven height differences are present between road and shoulder surfaces. What sometimes happens here is vehicle stability is jeopardized and causes the driver to lose handling of the car.

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I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer and over the years I’ve handled cases for hundreds of clients who sustained a fracture to the leg.  If you’re never had a broken leg, you have no idea how difficult it is getting used to this injury and healing from it.

Here’s a few things I’ve learned about that I’d like to share.

Personal injury victims, especially those who have been injured as a result of a rear-end collision, often suffer from painful injuries as a result of a whiplash type injury.  Whiplash is a common injury to the neck and upper back caused by a sudden back and forth motion of the head. This sudden violent snapping motion puts enormous strain on the neck and upper back muscles and ligaments. This type of injury is commonly referred to as hyperextension/hyperflexion injury neck sprain or strain, myofascial injury  or cervical strain or sprain.

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Symptoms related to a whiplash type injury caused by an auto accident may include the following: