Safety rails are in place all along the nation’s highways and streets to provide protection for vehicles that lose control and are in danger of careening into oncoming traffic, large stationary objects near the roadway, and steep drop offs or ditches. In recent years however, traffic safety data has indicated guardrails are a more significant hazard than previously believed when placed incorrectly on roadways, and traffic engineers have begun to create new roads which will reduce the need for guardrails.
If you have bee involved in an accident because of an incorrectly placed guardrail or one that has become damaged, there may be ways for you to get financial compensation. Contact the Green Bay car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 for more information.
Why Guardrails can be a Hazard
While guardrails are intended to protect drivers from obstacles near the roadway, they are actually obstacles near the roadway themselves. Most collisions with rails involve glancing blows from the side, but at times a car may hit the end of a guard rail head-on, with one of three results:
- Deflection – Some guardrails are designed in such a way that the rail angles away from the road as it reaches its end. This causes vehicles that collide with the rail’s end to be deflected back towards traffic.
- Absorption – A blunt ended guard rail will pierce the front end of a vehicle that collides with it head on, absorbing the full force of the impact. This causes extreme damage to the vehicle and can result in serious injury do to the violent halting of the vehicles motion.
- Ramping – Some trucks and SUVs have enough clearance that the rail is forced below the vehicle on impact, causing the vehicle to ramp upwards and become airborne. Such situations frequently result in a dangerous rollover situation.
Even with these hazards, guardrails can greatly improve your safety on the road. Until a new system is in place, these tools will continue to be installed on roadways to protect drivers. Understanding their potential dangers in extreme situations is the best way to minimize dangers.
If you have been in a car accident that was caused or worsened by the improper placement of guardrails, you may be entitled to compensation from the negligent municipality. Contact the experienced and knowledgeable Green Bay auto accident attorney of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. today at 800-242-2874 for a free consultation.