All motorists are familiar with the metal guardrails that mark the boundaries of a road. While guardrails usually function as a visual cue, they are also designed to be life-saving devices. When a vehicle hits a guardrail, the rail is supposed to absorb the impact and disperse the force of a collision.
Unfortunately, guardrails that are supposed to keep people safe often fall short. When guardrails are designed or installed improperly, they may end up doing more harm than good to motorists.
At Farmer, Cline & Campbell, PLLC, in Charleston, we advocate for people all over West Virginia who have been injured by defective products, including faulty guardrails. Our team of lawyers, led by Stephen Farmer, Danny Cline and Robert Campbell, has helped many individuals and families recover full and fair compensation.
When Guardrails Fail, It Can Be Deadly
In one highly publicized case several years ago, a corporation altered its design of highway guardrails to shave an inch off the end of guardrail end terminals. An inch may not seem like much, but it was enough to cause serious injuries. Several lawsuits followed, including one in which a vehicle was impaled by a faulty guardrail and the family inside sustained serious injuries.
Catastrophic injuries, including brain injuries, amputations and even death, have been attributed to defective guardrails in courts throughout the United States. Many states took steps to ban guardrails by the manufacturer involved in the lawsuits, but dangerous rails remain on roads all over the country.
It is essential that those responsible for designing, installing and maintaining guardrails are held accountable — not only so accident survivors can obtain justice, but to prevent future harm to others.
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When you or someone you love has been seriously hurt because of someone else’s negligence, you can feel powerless and alone. We want you to know that you are neither. At Farmer, Cline & Campbell, PLLC, we are here to fight for the compensation you need after a serious injury and put the power back in your hands.
To learn how we can help you, please contact us online or call 304-881-0637 (866-587-0167 toll free) to arrange a free initial consultation. We accept personal injury claims on a contingency basis, which means we only collect attorney fees if we successfully recover compensation for you.