Dangerous Highway Guardrails
Highway guardrails are designed to keep drivers safe in the event of a car accident. Unfortunately many of these highway guardrails are now defective and have the potential to harm in the event of a collision. A small design change by Trinity Industries Inc., a popular guardrail end cap manufacturer, is causing catastrophic injuries and deaths across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the United States.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective highway guardrail, the attorneys at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., can help you explore your legal options. We have significant experience handling product liability lawsuits like these for clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and nationwide.
PURPOSE OF GUARDRAILS
Highway guardrails are safety measures that prevent vehicles from leaving the roadway in the event of a crash. When struck by a vehicle the guardrails are designed to limit the force that strikes the vehicle and protect the driver and occupants from serious harm. A design change by the most popular manufacturer of guardrail endcaps has changed the way the guardrail responds to a collision. Rather than diverting the guardrail away from the vehicle the design change can force the guardrail through the vehicle causing serious harm to those inside.
THE DESIGN CHANGE
Since the early 1990s, Trinity Industries Inc. had designed a guardrail endcap that forced the guardrail through the endcap and away from the vehicle in the event of a collision. In 2005, Trinity Industries Inc. changed the design of their highway guardrail endcap by one inch. While it might not seem like much, the new design radically changed the way the guardrail behaved in an accident. The new endcap does not deflect the guardrail away from the vehicle but instead allows the guardrail to penetrate the vehicle acting like a spear causing harm to those inside. The new design was not approved or tested by safety highway officials and recent safety tests have shown the guardrail to be defective. A court in Texas found Trinity guilty of deliberately withholding the information from the design change from the United States Government and defrauding the Government out of $175 million.
INJURIES FROM A DEFECTIVE HIGHWAY GUARDRAIL
Drivers and occupants from multiple states have reported serious and catastrophic injuries from defective highway guardrails. Reported accidents have shown the driver or occupant impaled by the defective guardrail causing amputation, permanent injuries or in some cases death.
Contact us today to speak with one of our attorneys who have extensive experience handling catastrophic injury cases. We offer free initial consultations and handle cases on a contingency fee basis. You won’t have to pay us until we get results for you.