The father of a teenage girl killed in a highway accident last year hit the manufacturers of the X-Lite guardrail system with a suit Monday in Tennessee state court, saying the guardrail system has been linked to at least six deaths since 2016.
Hannah Eimers, 17, was driving her family's 2000 Volvo on Nov. 1 on Interstate 75 when she hit a median and struck an X-Lite guardrail terminal made by Valmont Industries, Lindsay Corp. and their subsidiaries that should have "telescoped" on impact to minimize injury in that kind of situation, according to her father, Steve Eimers. But instead of absorbing the car's impact, the terminal impaled the car and struck Hannah Eimers in the head and chest, killing her instantly, her father said.
Hannah Eimers was sober and well-rested, and wasn't speeding or using her phone at the time of the accident, according to the suit.
The Eimers' suit is similar to two filed in June by the families of three people killed in 2016 after their cars hit highway guardrails in Tennessee.
Those suits, brought by the families of Jacob Davison, Lauren Beuttel and Wilbert Byrd, also claim the X-Lite guardrail system was defectively designed and made.
“It is simply beyond belief that Lindsay Corporation has turned a blind eye to the serious danger posed to motorists,” Ted Leopold of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll's defective products practice — representing Eimers as well as the Beuttel, Davison and Byrd families — said in a statement. “The tragic loss of Hannah and victims across the country must compel action and we look forward to supporting and representing Mr. Eimers in his fight to hold those responsible accountable and bring greater safety to our nation's roadways.”
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