As we reported previously, lawyers in our firm who handle product liability cases are currently investigating and litigating cases where passengers in vehicles were killed or catastrophically injured as a result of defective guardrails. Where dangerous areas exist along a stretch of highway, such as an embankment, cliff, or creek, a guardrail can serve to redirect the vehicle away from the hazard and to a safer place on the road.
Guardrail design materials and their installation must meet state and federal specifications to ensure they work as intended. Guardrail systems are supposed to be designed to lessen the severity of an accident, i.e., to mitigate the impact of an accident. Unfortunately, defective guardrail systems have been causing horrific injuries, either as a result of design defects, selection of materials, or from poor installation. Of course, it can be a combination of these factors.
Defective guardrails can result from poor design, the use of inferior materials, and poor construction or installation. For instance, in one such case handled by our firm, a certain guardrail end terminal system was banned for use (a breakaway cable terminal, or BCT) and could not be ordered because the system was known to impale (or spear) approaching vehicles that hit the guardrail. Instead of installing a system that was crashworthy, the contractor assembled parts together that formed the previously banned BCT, and installed it on highways. Predictably, when our client’s car hit the approach end of the BCT configuration, the BCT did exactly what studies 17 years earlier said it would do – it impaled our client’s vehicle, severely injuring her, including the loss of a leg.
There are several guardrail systems in use that do not work as expected to prevent injury and even death due to some type of defect.
Lawyers in our Personal Injury & Products Liability Section are investigating and have handled cases where vehicle occupants were severely injured or killed after striking a guardrail system. If you have any questions about these cases, contact Chris Glover or Parker Miller, lawyers in the Section, at 800.898.2034or by email at Chris.Glover@beasleyallen.com or Parker.Miller@beasleyallen.com.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel
Contact us today for a free legal consultation with an experienced attorney.
Fields marked *may be required for submission.
If you would like to subscribe to the Jere Beasley Report digital edition, simply visit our Subscriptions page and provide the necessary information or call us at 800-898-2034.
Attorney Advertising - Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.