As traffic engineering knowledge and technology has advanced in recent years, it has become clear that guardrails are actually some of the least effective safety measures available when building roads. While providing guardrails to protect drivers from crossing medians into oncoming traffic, colliding with large stationary objects, and falling into ditches or ravines is still absolutely essential, most new construction seeks to lay the course of the road to avoid these obstacles entirely and eliminate the need for guardrails.
Collisions with guardrails can actually be very serious, and when they are placed incorrectly or damaged to the point that they become obstacles, motorists may be in danger. The Racine auto accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. can help victims of these accidents. If you have been the victim of a dangerous guardrail, contact our offices at 800-242-2874.
When Guardrails Are Dangerous
Guardrails are still essential safety equipment, but their placement poses a high risk of injury and damage if a vehicle collides head on with the end of the rail rather than swerving into it. In situations like this, there can be three outcomes:
- Head on collision with the end of the guardrail. This will usually result in the rail spearing the front end of the vehicles and absorbing the force of the collision and can cause extreme damage to the vehicle.
- Falling back into traffic. Deflecting back into traffic on a two-way street puts the vehicle at a high risk for a collision with oncoming traffic.
- Lifting the car off the ground. This results when the guardrail slips under a taller vehicle and almost always results in a rollover accident and extreme risk of injury.
When guardrails are incorrectly installed or have decayed to a dangerous point motorists may be in danger of any of these outcomes.
If you have been in an accident that was caused or made worse by a lack of guardrails or improper use of guardrails, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation for your injuries and damages. Contact the experienced and knowledgeable Racine auto accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today at 800-242-2874 to discuss the details of your case.