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Indiana's Cable Barriers: The New Highway Lifesaver

Steve Wagner

Three scenarios –

  1. You lose control of your car in the rain, you skid across the highway and into the median, straight over into oncoming traffic. Your car is hit head on by a truck coming at 70 mph in the opposite direction. The results are devastating.
  2. Your power steering locks up and you veer off the road. The median is blocked by concrete barriers – you try to brake, but don’t have enough time to slow down before your vehicle collides with the concrete at nearly full-speed. You crash hard, and then ricochet off the concrete and back into traffic, where your car is rear-ended by an upcoming vehicle.
  3. You are distracted by children in your car – it happens to the best of us – and you veer into the lane next to you. As a result, you over-correct and slide toward the median. The roads are wet and you have trouble stopping in time, but instead of crashing, your car is caught by the cable barriers. The collision slams your car a bit, but everyone inside is okay, and you are even able to back your car up slightly and pull off to the side of the road to assess the damage.

Now you tell us, which of the three possibilities above would you rather risk?

Indiana Is Figuring It Out!

For several years now, our great state has been trying hard to decrease devastating highway accidents, and in most locations, you’ve seen concrete barriers in the medians. However, the switch is being made.

New research and crash testing is showing the viability and life-saving value of cable barriers rather than concrete or no barriers in medians, and Indiana is slowly but surely making the switch to have these protections in place on all our highways.

Rather than deflecting a car, and causing it to rebound into traffic, these cables are built in with a little bit of give, so they absorb the impact of a crash, helping to significantly minimize the damage to the vehicle(s) involved.

Do You Have Cables Yet?

What area of Indiana do you live in? We’d love to hear if you have cables installed yet, or if your highways are still equipped with concrete barriers.

If you have questions about a car accident you’ve been involved in, the injury attorneys at Wagner Reese are here to assist you with your recovery, compensation, and legal questions. Give us a call at (888) 204-8440 to schedule your first meeting with us at NO cost.


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