Deadly Guardrails on U.S. Roadways

Written By Jaime Jackson

A guardrail buckles on impact with a car and the kinked edge of the buckled guardrail speared the driver’s door impaling the driver’s legs. This is a scenario that should not happen on America’s roadways with a safely designed guardrail. These injuries are preventable with a safe design of the guardrail safety system.

Guardrails are supposed to be a roadway safety devices that help protect vehicles that may leave the roadway. However, due to a defective design, fails to absorb crash forces, buckles, turning the guardrail into a spear that either pierces the vehicle or causes it to overturn.  The penalty for an inadvertent departure off the roadway or being forced off the roadway should not be serious injury or death from a guardrail.

Anytime a vehicle has left the roadway and impacted a guardrail the attorney evaluating the case should also look at whether or not the guardrail played a role in causing injury to the people inside the vehicle.