February 01, 2018

The newest lawsuits filed in South Carolina and Tennessee join a number of others in claiming that the X-LITE guardrail device made by Lindsay Corporation is threat to drivers across the country.

Two more lawsuits have been filed claiming death and injury against a company that designs and manufactures guardrails.

The newest lawsuits filed in South Carolina and Tennessee join a number of others in claiming that the X-LITE guardrail device made by Lindsay Corporation is threat to drivers across the country.

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"No one should ever expect that if you go into a guardrail that that end terminal is going to fail and those other pieces of guardrail are going penetrate and impale people,” said Leslie Kroeger, a partner Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC.

Since 2016, the X-LITE guardrail device has been linked to deaths and injuries across the U.S. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are about 14,000 of these devices nationwide, which includes 4,000 to 5,000 in North Carolina.

North Carolina Department of Transportation spokesperson Jen Thompson said NCDOT is not installing X-LITE guardrails on new construction projects. When one is damaged or requires maintenance, it is replaced by an end manufactured under the new Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware standards.

Thompson wrote in an email, “NCDOT will continue utilizing guardrail ends that have been tested and meet federal safety standards. There are now more tested and approved treatments in the market place.”

Kroeger said in the end, she just wants justice for the families involved in these cases.

“What they would like to see happen above anything else,” she said, “is for no one else to suffer, for no other family to lose a loved one, for no one else to go through the horror of what they are going through.”

The full article and interview can be accessed here.