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Guardrail Spears Car in Cape Cod

Accident Involving Guardrail

Nobody expects be have their car impaled, and least of all by a highway safety measure intended to protect you in the event of an accident.  However, that is exactly what happened this morning when a Ford Transit work van crashed into the terminal end of a guardrail on Route 6 in West Barnstable, Massachusetts.  Approximately 10 feet of guardrail punctured the vehicle going from the engine compartment through the passenger side seat.

This is just the latest in a long string of cases where guardrails have been found to run through cars instead of crumbling to absorb the shock of an impact.  Guardrail end terminals that predate the National Cooperative Highway Research Program’s Report 350 are especially dangerous and may be considered non-crashworthy, while several personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits have been brought against Trinity Industries for their ET-Plus guardrail.

At this time it is not clear what kind of guardrail system was involved in the accident.

Personal Injury and Accident Lawyer

Attorney Richard J. Serpe has been investigating accidents such as these throughout the country.  If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident involving a guardrail terminal end, contact us to discuss your rights.