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Guardrails play an essential role in protecting motorists from running off the road. However, there are times when guardrails can contribute to or even exacerbate collisions. Understanding the common causes of a guardrail crash can help you stay safe and advocate for your rights after a wreck.

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Common Causes of Guardrail Crashes

A guardrail crash can happen for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common include:

  • Design flaws –Engineering mistakes can cause a guardrail to spear through vehicles rather than absorb the impact of their collision.
  • Poor maintenanceGuardrails with excess wear and tear are likely to fail when hit.
  • Improper installation – Without proper installation, a guardrail may not be able to perform as expected in a crash.
  • Driver error – Motorists who are under the influence, distracted, or violate traffic laws behind the wheel are at a higher risk of losing control and crashing into guardrails.
  • Inclement Weather – Slippery roadways caused by ice, rain, or snow can cause drivers to lose control and crash.