Guardrails are metal devices located along roadways that are supposed to protect motorists. These barriers traditionally work by absorbing the impact of a collision and preventing the car or truck from leaving the roadway. Recently, however, guardrails have come under scrutiny as design modifications in the devices are believed to be linked to severe accidents and injuries.
At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland, & Briggs, we continue to investigate guardrail injury claims. We represent individuals who have been injured or lost a loved one in guardrail accidents including those involving the now-banned ET-Plus Guardrail End Treatments. If you have suffered harm after crashing into a guardrail, contact our office at (713) 496-0549 to book a free consultation.
The intention of a guardrail is to prevent more serious car accidents, but unfortunately, that is not always the case. If you crash into a guardrail, you could sustain serious damage to your vehicle and personal injury. In some cases, guardrail accidents have proven fatal.
Potential car accident damage after crashing into a guardrail:
If your car accident involved hitting a guardrail, you might be entitled to compensation. It is important to consult with a guardrail injury lawyer as soon as possible.
It has been alleged that certain guardrails contain design defects that make them extremely dangerous to motorists. In particular, the ET-Plus guardrail system manufactured by Trinity Industries is believed to have caused a number of injuries and deaths.
The end terminal of the guardrail system was modified after testing, reportedly causing the barrier to malfunction. Instead of crumpling or curling as it absorbed the collision, the guardrail remained stiff, often impaling the vehicle and causing serious injury to the driver or a passenger.
If you are injured in a guardrail accident, you need to consult with an attorney. An attorney can help you understand your rights including whether you are entitled to file a claim against a guardrail manufacturer.
Trinity Industries, SKT, and X-Lite Guardrail are all manufacturers that have had allegations that their products contained a defective design. Despite guardrail systems like the ET-Plus being banned from many states, the barriers were never removed. Dangerous guardrails remain on roadways nationwide.
Did you or a loved one suffer a serious injury after hitting a guardrail in Houston or the surrounding area? Contact our office at (713) 496-0549 to book a free consultation. We have recovered over $1 billion for our clients. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve.
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