My folks built a house on State Rte 89 in 1957. As far as I know, they were lucky, and never lost a box to a plow. I moved back in in '89, and lost 3 boxes in about 5-6 years. I've been told that on county roads, the county will replace a box, but the Vampire State will not; I checked. I gave up and moved the box across the road, and behind the guard rail. It was more inconvenient for me, and less safe, it being harder to jump for the ditch if traffic looked like it was going to get too close, as when two cars were passing, opposite directions, right in front of me, and watching the oncoming speeding steel more than they were watching me (I always watched, ready to fall back, over the rail), but at least I didn't lose any more boxes.
I'm in Dryden Village now, but we have road mailboxes. Last year, the Town, which also plows the Village, took out our box. It was replaced in time for mail the next day, without our saying a word to them (we didn't even see who knocked it down, although we guessed correctly) and they replaced our econo pipe mailbox stand kit with treated 4"x4" upright, horizontal, and 45 degree brace.
Decentralized, smaller gov't units are better. With 19 million citizens, my vote didn't really matter, to the state. In the Town of Dryden, with 14,500 pop, and Dryden Village being the biggest municipality, the elected Highway Sup gives a little more thought to whether I'm happy. I'm happy, and he's a very good man.