There are many design standards, attitudes, and procedures which result in public highways with built-in design hazards and, when drivers are confronted with these hazards, the highways involved become laten tkillers. A defect of a highway by reason of its design will not be appa-ent to those unfamiliar with the problems of highway engineering. Thus, in the majority of accidents, the failing component is presumed to be the driver and little further investigation or thought is given to other factors. Highway fatality statistics prove that the driver cannot sustain the burden of correcting design shortcomings with driving skills, and an all-out effort must be undertaken to place on all facets of highway travel and design the same responsibility and safety standards now imposed on drivers alone.
Steven J. Erlsten, Defectively Designed Highways, 16 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 264 (1967)
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