As motorists, cyclists or even pedestrians, we all take risks every day when we use the roads. And we rely on road signs in order to stay safe and avoid accidents on the road.
These road signs need to be kept in good order to make sure they do the job they are supposed to do and keep all road users aware of potential dangers, what’s ahead and where they are.
So if a road sign is obscured from view, it is not doing what it is there for and can become a contributor to road traffic accidents.
Examples of how obscured road signs might be dangerous
- Speed Limits
Although a motorist should always proceed with caution and assume that a speed limit is 30mph unless told otherwise, an obscured speed limit sign could mean motorists are driving too quickly, which might lead to a road traffic accident.
With modern technology most motorists are now aware of where they are and where they are going. However, a blocked road sign could mean that a driver is too busy looking for where they are going, rather than keeping their eyes on the road.
Road signs are vital when it comes to warning motorists of what’s ahead. This could be a school crossing, roundabout or a sharp bend in the road. Obstructed signs could mean that drivers are putting themselves in danger and increasing their chances of being injured in a road accident.
Motorists need to be aware of impending dangers and that’s where road signs are vital. So if signs cannot be seen clearly drivers really are taking their lives into their own hands.
- Parking Restrictions
In some major towns and cities parking restrictions are variable and can change depending on the time of day. Not having clear signage to let motorists know what the parking restrictions are can lead to tension and anger among drivers – which could lead to a road accident.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice