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Car accidents: Guardrails being removed on Maryland roads

When driving by guardrails and other safety items on roads, Maryland residents may not suspect that the items could be a danger to them in the event of an accident. Reports of serious car accidents all across the country, including one fatal one in Maryland, have highlighted the danger that can exist on Maryland roads. After a long investigation of a particular type of a Lindsay X-Lite guardrail installed on the roads, they are being removed for the safety of drivers.

After a fatal accident more than a year ago, discussions of the safety of guardrails began. While commuting to work, a young man crashed into a guardrail and died. According to the company, the guardrails are designed to telescope, but during the young man's crash, it did not. The company believes that the guardrail did not telescope as designed due to the crash occurring at the wrong angle.

The mother of the man brought the dangers of the Lindsay X-Lite guardrail ends that lined roadways to the Maryland State Highway Administration. After her son's death, she found numerous reports online of how the guardrails in some circumstances had speared victims instead of protecting them. Although her son was found at fault for the crash and not the company who designed the guardrail, she could not help but wonder if the guardrail design may have contributed to his death. The Maryland State Highway Administration made the recent decision to remove the Lindsay X-Lite guardrails from the roads as many other states have already done.

Safety equipment such as guardrails is designed and installed with a driver's best interest in mind. Unfortunately, car accidents such as this one can highlight areas of danger to the public. If an unusual accident occurs on Maryland roadways, many victims and/or family members of deceased victims my find comfort in seeking the advice of a personal injury attorney.  

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