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Monday, June 15, 2015

Dallas Traffic Lights Are Out Of Date

Who is responsible for accidents caused by faulty traffic lights?

Dallas traffic lights are in terrible disrepair, even before the damage sustained in recent storms. Years of neglect and failure to perform upgrades make it impossible to quickly rectify the problem. The traffic lights are outdated, many were installed before 1980, and lack left turn signals and sensors to detect whether or not cars are waiting at the light. These issues negatively affect traffic creating slower traffic patterns and increasing pedestrian accidents. The lights are also not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and do not meet federal standards for operation, structure and wind-load.

Dallas has a system in place to address the underground communication and system controlling the traffic lights and recently received a grant to improve those measures. Dallas officials estimate it will cost $362 million dollars and take 25 years to fix the outdated traffic lights. If the city chose not to replace any of the lights, every signal in the city would be obsolete by 2040. Officials expect the city will implement the upgrades in stages through a three-step process, beginning with fixing 18 lights the first year and progressing to 60 lights a year by the fourth year. The city used a points system to determine which lights needed to be replace first. 

Malfunctioning traffic signals are just one potential cause of auto or pedestrian accidents. If you were involved in an auto accident because of a malfunctioning traffic signal, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at the Sawicki Law Firm. Call us today at (888)468-8844 for a free consultation.

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