Don’t Step On A Crack Or You’ll Fall And Break Your Back…This And Other Crack-Related Hazards

You've probably heard the old saying, "Don't step on a crack or you'll fall and break your back," but how much truth is there to that statement? Actually, there's a lot more truth to it than you'd think. Cracks in the roads and sidewalks can present a real hazard if left unfilled for a significant amount of time. Indeed, people can walk over these cracks and trip and fall, breaking their backs or other parts of their bodies, or significant damage can be caused to their vehicles. Of course, there are many other hazards associated with unfilled cracks—here are a few of the ways in which cracks can present real danger to people in various communities:

Tripping Hazards

As previously mentioned, cracks can present a tripping hazard if they're large enough and are left unfilled. Someone walking along, not paying attention to where they're going could end up placing their toes in a crack and then tripping, which could result in a broken leg or other body part, or fairly severe cuts and scrapes at the very least.

Vehicle Damage

If there are too many cracks in the road, a bicyclist riding along could suddenly hit one of these cracks and fly over the handlebars, sustaining serious injury. Even if that scenario doesn't happen, the rider could lose control of the bike and end up falling into oncoming traffic and getting hit by a car. If that happens, the cyclist is likely to sustain several injuries or possibly even die depending on how fast the car was going, whether they got ran over or just ran into the car, etc. Not to mention, the car that the cyclist hit will probably also sustain quite a bit of damage like a dent or broken glass. Therefore, both the cyclist and the driver of the car will have to pay money to get checked out or to get their vehicles repaired.

Potentially Slick Surfaces

It's bad enough that sidewalks and roads get slick in the wintertime, but when there are cracks and fissures in these surfaces, then their structural integrity is compromised and they may be far more slick than normally. Ice can build up in the already existent cracks, and thus, when a person or a vehicle hits one of these cracks, it can send them sailing or cause them to lose control, thus causing significant injuries or damage like the ones mentioned above.

Cracks in roads or sidewalks are no laughing matter, even if there is an expression about them that sounds rather funny. The best way to deal with the problem of cracks and prevent injuries and damage of any sort is to fill in these cracks immediately to help keep everyone safe and secure. Contact professionals, such as those from Central Paving & Sealcoating Inc, to see how they can best fulfill your needs.