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Action News Exposes Deadly, Outdated Guardrails

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Last April, the 25-year-old was driving a 1998 Ford Mustang eastbound on Ronald Reagan Parkway when he lost control of his vehicle and ran off the road before striking a breakaway cable terminal (BCT) on the end of a steel guardrail. Investigators determined the BCT penetrated the driver’s side of the car and sliced through the driver’s seatbelt. He died on impact. Despite speeding as the cause of a fatal auto accident, the family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation alleging that a redesigned guardrail could have prevented death and minimized the severity of injuries.

In October, Channel 2 Action News found there are more than 300 outdated BCT guardrails still lining Georgia roadways, despite a federal government determination that the guardrail ends were “too stiff” to protect drivers. Although the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recommended removal and replacement dating back to 1998, it stopped short of requiring states to immediately find and remove all BCT’s, instead allowing the replacements to happen gradually as departments of transportation completed routine roadwork. After Channel 2 exposed the problem, Georgia’s DOT found nearly 2000 of the dangerous guardrails just on Georgia’s interstates. The guardrails are being removed on a case by case basis where construction projects exist. A GDOT spokesperson said there is no timeline for when the outdated BCT guardrails will be removed across the state; it all depends on funding.

Any time a guardrail spears and penetrates its interior that should tell you that the guardrail design is faulty. Holding a negligent corporation accountable for a defective product not only compensates the victim for damages, but also allows the problem to become publicly known so that hopefully changes will be made and lives are saved. But, dangerous road cases are often long and drawn out. During this time, a victim may struggle to meet financial obligations.
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