Median barriers are “safety barriers” that separate lanes traveling in opposite directions to prevent cross-median crashes on highways. These median barriers are constructed to prevent vehicles from travelling into opposing traffic lanes, which can result in head-on collisions, the deadliest type of car accidents in the U.S.
While we have established that the construction of median barriers, which can be made of a range of materials including concrete, steel, and wire rope, is very important to prevent head-on accidents and dangerous overtaking maneuvers, they often serve as the cause of car accidents, as absurd as it may sound.
Our Philadelphia median barrier accident attorney at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., explains that sometimes, these safety barriers fail to prevent car accidents due to being defective, faulty, damaged, or poorly constructed. There are also many cases in which motorists sustain serious injuries or die after crashing into those median barriers.
Different types of median barriers = different consequences
The extent of injury suffered in a median barrier collision usually depends on the type of the safety barrier involved in the crash. Generally, median barriers are divided into three types:
- Rigid barriers made of concrete. More often than not, rigid barriers made of concrete are constructed on high-traffic or busy roads and highways that involve vehicles traveling at high speeds. Since rigid barriers absorb little energy from impact, accidents involving concrete-based median barriers are responsible for some of the most severe injuries and are more likely to cause death.
- Semi-rigid barriers (guardrails) made of metal railings and reinforced by posts and blocks. Since semi-rigid barriers are not as immovable as concrete-made rigid barriers, vehicles are more likely to break through the structure and crash into another vehicle traveling on the other side of the median barrier.
- Cable barrier made of steel cables and reinforced by posts. Vehicles are even more likely to break through a cable barrier, because the structure is the most penetrable of all types.
“The severity of injury in a median barrier accident depends on the type of the barrier, the speed at which a vehicle(s) is traveling, whether drunk driving or distracted driving was a factor in the crash, and other factors involved,” says our experienced median barrier accident attorney in Philadelphia. It is not uncommon for crashes involving median barriers on roads and highways to cause permanent injuries and impairments, disabilities, and death, since the force created in this type of collision can cause a driver and passengers to be ejected from the vehicle.
Recovering damages in a median barrier accident
While it may seem that you cannot recover damages in a single-vehicle median barrier collision when you are the only party involved, this is not necessarily true. If you were the only party involved, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against a public or government entity responsible for constructing, designing, and planning the road and highway. You may be able to sue a city, municipality, state, county, or any other public agency if you can prove that the median barrier or guardrail was poorly made, defective, faulty, damaged or improperly designed.
Suing a government entity can be very tricky, since there are specific statutes of limitations for lawsuits against public agencies. In fact, as you can imagine, public entities are usually represented by the best lawyers in the country to protect them from liability lawsuits.
That’s why you may want to seek legal advice from a Philadelphia median barrier accident lawyer to determine liability in your case, protect your legal rights, and break through the government entity’s defenses. Contact The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., for a free case evaluation. Call our offices at 215-543-7220 today.