One of the most commonly used safety installations on our highways is the guardrail. This equipment is instrumental in ensuring the safety of travelers as it protects them against obstacles such as oncoming traffic, large stationary objects, and steep ditches in the event that the driver loses control of a vehicle. Sadly, when these barriers are incorrectly installed or even missing they may pose a serious threat to motorists.
The Racine auto accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. are prepared to fight for the rights of victims of guardrail accidents. If you have been hurt by a poorly installed, incorrectly placed, or damaged guardrail, contact us today at 800-242-2874.
Collisions with Guardrails
In most situations a guardrail can make what would have been a disastrous accident a minor fender bender, but if the guardrail is unreliable, it may only put the motorist in further danger. Some of the most extreme types of accidents that a guardrail can cause include:
- Lifting –Tall vehicles like trucks and SUVs that have a higher than normal clearance can be forced upwards and airborne as the rail goes under the body of the automobile, resulting in an extremely dangerous accident that often involves a rollover.
- Absorption – If the end of the rail is blunted and straight, the result of a head-on collision is usually that the rail pierces the front of the vehicle and absorbs the entire force of the impact. While slightly better than a collision with a stationary object like a rock or tree, this still forces the vehicle to a violent halt and poses significant risk of injury.
- Deflection – In many cases a vehicle is pushed back into on-coming traffic because of the way the end of the guardrail is angled. Damaged guardrails can force automobiles into dangerous situations and put motorists at risk.
Guardrails that have been damaged can quickly become obstacles on a roadway. Without proper care and maintenance they can compromise the safety of everyone on the road.
If you have been involved in a car accident that was caused or worsened by a lack of guardrails or improperly maintained rails, it is possible that you are entitled to compensation from the negligent municipality. Contact the experienced and knowledgeable Appleton auto accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. today at 800-242-2874 to schedule a free consultation.