Roadways can be dangerous places under the best of circumstances. In a high traffic area there are literally hundreds of variables that could impact your safety at any one moment. But streets, highways and bridges are all designed with your safe transportation in mind. Certain elements like roadway guardrails are put in place to keep you safer at points of potential danger. But if the guardrails that were intended to keep you safe are not properly installed or maintained then they are of little help.
Guardrails are designed to minimize the damage of an accident by protecting the driver and car from careening into a more threatening environment. Whether it is the edge of a cliff, a winding, hilly roadway, or on a divided highway where there is oncoming traffic, guardrails are there to prevent further injury from an accident. Most guardrails are constructed of a strong cast metal attached to posts that are embedded into the surrounding environment. The cast metal is also typically stamped with ridges so that it will crumple upon impact, thereby distributing the force of any impact along its construction.
Guardrails are designed to be replaced after an impact. When they are not, it can minimize their effectiveness and heighten you risk for injury in the case of an accident.
If you or someone you love has been injured due to improperly maintained roadway fixtures, including guardrails, you need the assistance of an experienced attorney. It may be possible to pursue financial compensation through a civil lawsuit. Contact the Green Bay road defect attorneys Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 today for more information.