We have all seen them–Those gray or black cables that are stretched alongside of the highways. Some may complain that they are unsightly, and some police officers may complain that they impede them from crossing the median in pursuit of speeders. A New York Truck Accident Lawyer just learned of at least one incident that these supposedly unsightly or impeding cables were the best thing available that kept an accident from becoming much worse that it could have been.
The accident that we reference occurred April 4 on Interstate 90 in northern Illinois as the super highway wound into Illinois from Wisconsin. Authorities have told an Accident Law Firm that the driver of a 2010 Toyota Corolla, for an unknown reason, lost control of her vehicle. The 23-year old driver then veered into the median, struck the cables, rebounded back into the left lane of I-90 and into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer. This impact resulted in the Corolla being forced back into the cables, which is where both the tractor-trailer and the Toyota came to rest. Both vehicles were kept from entering into the opposing lanes of traffic by the median cables.
When first responders arrived on the scene, they saw the Corolla resting almost beneath the left rear of the trailer, with the left front fender being well cut into by the cable. The front of the semi was a mangled mess, with the cables a solid 3 feet into the front of the truck. The NYC Truck Accident Attorney also discovered that the driver of the Toyota was cited on the scene for improper lane usage before she was transported to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, where she was treated and released. The truck driver was uninjured.
Median cable barriers have been replacing concrete barriers on many highways due to the decreased maintenance costs and their ability to flex when a vehicle comes into contact with them. It is widely accepted that this is part of the reason for many accidents not being as bad as they could be. These are also more economical for many cash strapped municipalities and state governments to both implement and replace.
This is one case where the median cables worked as they were designed. If this accident had occurred in Staten Island or Queens, NY, a NY Attorney would most likely be involved.
If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be asking yourself, “Do I even need a lawyer in my situation?” Having the right accident lawyer makes an enormous difference, not only in higher settlements, but also in protecting your legal rights. Contact a New York Truck Accident Attorney today. Time is of the essence as there are strict time limits in force to file for certain types of claims.