When you’re driving, you probably pay little attention to guardrails unless there are large orange signs warning you that the guardrails are damaged. Though most guardrails serve a purpose, many may be hazardous to drivers and may cause more damage to your vehicle or injure you should you collide with them.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident involving a guardrail, contact the Milwaukee car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874.
The Dangers of Guardrails
There are three main types of guardrails that may put you in danger while you drive. The first type, the blunt-end guardrail, has been banned by the Federal Highway Administration. Unfortunately, not all areas of the country have replaced their guardrails to conform to the new standards. Collisions with blunt-end guardrails may cause you serious injury since they are rigid and do not give way upon impact.
The FHA has also banned turn-down guardrails, which are guardrails that taper downward to the ground at the end. These guardrails put drivers at the risk of rollovers and sharp turnaround when hit, both of which are dangerous in themselves but even more so when the rollover or sharp turnaround puts the vehicle in the way of oncoming traffic.
Finally, some guardrails just don’t need to be there. You will notice as you drive that most roads that are not built around steep inclines do not have guardrails. This is because it isn’t very difficult to stop a vehicle on a flat surface. Guardrails placed on roads that don’t really need them may cause unnecessary injury to drivers and passengers in a collision.
In most cases, banned or unnecessary guardrails are the fault of the local government. Should you be injured by such a guardrail, you may be able to hold the local government accountable for your injuries.
Guardrails sometimes do more harm than good. If this is the case for you, the Milwaukee car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® may be able to help you. Contact us at 800-242-2874 to learn more about your legal rights and options.