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Balta: poor weather conditions significantly affect road quality

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«In the first two months of 2017, we have received 59 insurance claims to cover losses caused low-quality road surface and more than EUR 20,000 has been reserved for compensations,» as reported by Balta insurance association.

A total of 389 insurance claims were submitted last year in relation to similar accidents. More than EUR 129,000 was paid in compensations.

«As spring comes closer, potholes form more rapidly, especially on roads with old asphalt surface and roads that experience high traffic intensity. We know from experience that in 70% cases potholes cause damage to tires. More serious accidents can also be caused by potholes in roads,» says Balta Insurance Claim Director Ingus Savickis.

According to information from Balta, the largest number of accidents is usually noted in winter and spring seasons. «January and February are the winter months for which frost, snow and thaw are usual occurrences caused by sudden temperature fluctuations. Weather causes cracks in roads to expand and potholes to get deeper. This is why we urge residents to be extra careful when driving under changing weather conditions and keep in mind the safety of other traffic participants,» Savickis comments.

Teiksmas Auto representative Viktors Zurkevics agrees that unfavourable weather conditions do drastically affect the quality of roads. «Of course, the quality of Latvia’s roads is relatively poor. But we cannot blame the roads for all the damages – drivers are equally responsible to making sure they and other traffic participants are safe. Drivers also have to make sure their vehicle is fit to tackle the challenges each season offers,» Zurkevics says.

In the last three years, Balta has paid nearly EUR 257,000 for accidents caused by low quality roads. The largest compensation paid to cover damage caused by poor quality road is EUR 50,590.

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