On Wednesday, June 28, 2017, attorneys Theodore J. Leopold, Leslie M. Kroeger, and Poorad Razavi filed a wrongful death complaint on behalf of the families of Lauren Beuttel and Jacob Davison against the Lindsay Corporation and several related entities alleging negligence and liability.

Background

On June 29, 2016, Jacob Davison, 18, was driving a 2004 Toyota Solara on Interstate 40 in Cumberland County, Tennessee when it left the roadway off the left shoulder and hit the end of a guardrail.

Instead of the guardrail properly performing and telescoping on impact or re-directing the car, as it should, the Lindsay X-LITE guardrail end terminal failed to maintain its integrity and stop the W-beam guardrail pieces.  Those W-beams pierced through the Toyota’s front fender, cowling, and floor board and entered the driver’s side occupant compartment, killing Jacob and his rear seat passenger, 21-year old Lauren Beuttel. 

The complaint alleges that the X-LITE guardrail failed to perform its intended safety function during the collision because the product was defective in its design and manufacture, and had been improperly installed due to the Lindsay Company’s failure to provide adequate installation and/or maintenance instructions to the State of Tennessee and its third party contractor.

The families hope to bring awareness to the issue of safety on our roadways and hold the Lindsay Company accountable.

Questions and Contact Information

If you have questions about this case, guardrails, highway safety, or other defective products in general, please call Mr. Leopold or Ms. Kroeger at 561-515-1400.

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