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      Dangers of Guardrails on our highways!

      Just googling brings lots of accidents like this even in usa, In the below accident two couples were killed in a gory manner and the driver escaped with minor injuries. Isnt there no alternative material to build a guardrail. After seeing such accidents it seems like the whole highway is like a deathtrap. The sick part is this is a thing which is placed to protect lives. A month ago a endeavour met with such accident and a family was killed.

      What happened to the old concrete barriers, are they discontinued due to cost, Its better to hit a wall than this.



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      Looks like the driver drove into the guard rail? Wonder what happened? The link talks about someone falling asleep at the wheel in the u.s and then something about copyright issues.

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      Also the vehicle looks like a SUV, they have the 'don't turn suddenly, don't brake suddenly' rollover risk warning label above the driver seat.

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      Guardrails are something you don't see until you need them. They are to reduce highway fatalities and not prevent them. It does not take on the role of super nanny. You need to drive your car as it is meant to.
      The driver is always responsible. Guardrails don't help a driver with a death wish.

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      I have seen this to be much more effective than concrete or slabs. (Cable barrier - Wikipedia)

      They seem to reduce the fatality rate and seems to be cost effective. Not sure if we have these kind of barriers in our country and its limitations to using them for our terrain.

      And as Indian said, guardrails are not meant to prevent accidents but to reduce the impact of an accident. (Mainly preventing head on collisions or steep drop down the cliffs etc which are mostly fatal)

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      Quote Originally Posted by WildWeasel View Post
      I have seen this to be much more effective than concrete or slabs. (Cable barrier - Wikipedia)
      They used to use these here but they are being removed because of injuries to people. Motorcyclists hitting these have been sliced. Sweden started to remove them about 10 years ago.
      I saw a car once that had done a somersault and landed on one of these. The car got spiked.
      There is not a guard that will prevent injuries. These guards are meant to prevent head on accidents and the rest left for the drivers to sort out.

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