STRONG SAFETY MANAGEMENT
Even though the data in question is confined to Baden-Württemberg, it is likely to be representative of comparable road accidents in many other countries around the world. It is not without reason, for example, that the EU Commission sees infrastructure as a key policy area for improving road safety. This does not just entail new construction projects, but also, above all, the targeted increase in the safety level of existing roads, as underpinned by EU Directive 2019/1936 of October 23, 2019 amending Directive 2008/96/EC on road infrastructure safety management. Among other things, factors such as the condition of the road surface, the predictability of the road’s layout, the ability to see the road clearly, the design of the sides of the road, road markings, the design of intersections and junctions, and the creation of opportunities for evasive maneuvers and overtaking are also of great importance.
In fact, in addition to the condition of the road surface, the ability to see the road ahead and distinguish individual lanes in different light and weather conditions is a key factor for road safety on inter-urban roads. Conventionally, road markings, road reflectors, roadside guide posts and direction signs placed in front of bends are used to guide the driver. The roadside area design of inter- urban roads plays an major role both in avoiding accidents and in reducing the consequences of accidents. It serves as an initial guide for the driver as to how the road will continue. At the same time, it creates expectations about the condition of the road ahead and thus has a direct influence on the choice of speed, for example. Discrepancies between the course and condition of the road that are suggested and the actual road must therefore be categorically avoided.