Expectations for Highway Barriers
With the highways across America being flooded with motorists on a regular basis, safety is a major concern. When state and municipal agencies undertake maintenance and improvement projects on these roads, safety devices need to meet certain standards before being installed. After years of widespread use, officials have developed a checklist of guardrail safety standards to reduce injury and damage when these devices are employed.
The injuries sustained from a car accident can require expensive medical treatments and time away from work. For more information concerning your legal options if you have been injured as a result of a road defect, contact the Waukesha road defect attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 today.
Guardrail Safety Standards
Some of the most serious safety problems tied to guardrails involve the materials used to build the barriers. Between issues of cost efficiency and safety standards, some agencies may consider the material used in the guardrail to be more important than the design. However, regardless of the material or design, guardrails should be able to:
- Keep vehicles from breaking through into oncoming lanes
- Minimize damage or injury from vehicle-barrier collisions
- Prevent vehicles from re-entering traffic after an accident
- Neither under- or over-ride collided vehicles
The difficulty of designing an effective barrier rests in balancing the need to create something strong enough to protect a vehicle from causing further damage after an accident while reducing the forces involved when that vehicle crashes into the barrier.
If you have been injured on the road because of a defective guardrail, there may be legal options available for you to pursue. To discuss the details of your claim with a legal advisor, contact the Waukesha road defect lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today by calling 800-242-2874.