Greg Coleman Law is reviewing claims from individuals who were injured or lost a loved one in a car accident involving a highway guardrail, specifically the X-LITE end terminal manufactured by Lindsay Corporation.
The terminals are used on the end of guardrails and should buckle or crumple to absorb impact and stop a moving vehicle. Instead, poor design has caused the devices to impale vehicles, killing and severely injuring drivers and passengers.
If you or someone you love has been harmed because of a defective guardrail, do not hesitate to contact our personal injury lawyers for a free, no obligation consultation to learn more about your legal options and the possibility of recovering compensation through an X-LITE guardrail end terminal lawsuit.
Call (865) 247-0080 for a free consultation about filing a guardrail lawsuit.
X-LITE End Terminals Removed from State Highways
On Sept. 1, 2016, the Virginia Department of Transportation announced that it had removed X-LITE terminals from its list of approved equipment.
Less than one month later, on Oct. 25, 2016, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) removed the X-LITE terminals from the state’s qualified products list citing concerns about how the terminals held up over time, specifically the parts that are designed to crumple upon impact. The department also cited concerns about the product’s performance at speeds more than 62.2 mph, which is the speed most guardrails are tested.
The announcement of the removal of the product from its list of qualified products, meant that TDOT would no longer install this particular guardrail end terminal. However, approximately 1,000 of them remained intact throughout the state.
Later in 2016, TDOT decided to remove the existing terminals from roads with a speed limit of 45 mph or greater, a process that will take approximately six months to complete.
On March 27, 2017, SB 5423 was introduced before the New York State Senate that proposes a ban on the use of Lindsay Corporation X-LITE guardrails on highways with speed limits of 45 mph or more.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one because of this defective guardrail, contact us today to learn more about filing an X-LITE guardrail end terminal lawsuit. A guardrail lawsuit can help you recover compensation for the damages you have suffered.
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Highway Guardrail Accidents
Since June 2016, at least four people have been killed in Tennessee as a result of their vehicles striking an X-LITE end terminal.
On June 29, 2016, an 18-year-old and a 21-year-old were killed after their vehicle left the left lane of Interstate 40 in Cumberland County and was impaled by an X-LITE guardrail. The guardrail entered the vehicle through the passenger compartment and struck the driver and driver’s side rear passenger, according to a crash report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Just six days later, a man was killed when an X-LITE guardrail end pierced the SUV he was a passenger in after the vehicle left the left side of the road at the Interstate 75-Interstate 24 split in Chattanooga, according to police.
Then, on Nov. 1, 2016, a 17-year-old died after her vehicle drifted off the side of Interstate 75 in McMinn County and struck an X-LITE end terminal. The guardrail end pierced the vehicle, killing the teen on impact.
The girl’s death occurred just one week after TDOT announced that it was removing X-LITE end terminals from its preferred product list. At that time, none of the defective guardrails had been replaced. In fact, the guardrails from the previous accidents were replaced with the same defective product.
Our attorneys are currently pursuing a guardrail lawsuit on behalf of an X-LITE guardrail victim. If you have been injured or lost a loved one because of this device, you may also be entitled to file an X-LITE guardrail end terminal lawsuit.
Contact Greg Coleman Law to learn about filing a guardrail lawsuit.
File an X-LITE Guardrail Lawsuit
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident involving this defective product, you may be entitled to file an X-LITE guardrail end terminal lawsuit seeking compensation for pain and suffering, medical, bills, lost wages, and the loss of a loved one.
Greg Coleman Law is an experienced personal injury law firm committed to fighting for the rights of those who have been injured because of another’s negligent actions. We have the skills and resources to help you fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.
Contact us today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. Our team works on a contingency fee basis and will charge you nothing unless we recover compensation for you.