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Accident Involving Guardrail

Nobody expects be have their car impaled, and least of all by a highway safety measure intended to protect you in the event of an accident.  However, that is exactly what happened this morning when a Ford Transit work van crashed into the terminal end of a guardrail on Route 6 in West Barnstable, Massachusetts.  Approximately 10 feet of guardrail punctured the vehicle going from the engine compartment through the passenger side seat.

This is just the latest in a long string of cases where guardrails have been found to run through cars instead of crumbling to absorb the shock of an impact.  Guardrail end terminals that predate the National Cooperative Highway Research Program’s Report 350 are especially dangerous and may be considered non-crashworthy, while several personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits have been brought against Trinity Industries for their ET-Plus guardrail.

At this time it is not clear what kind of guardrail system was involved in the accident.

Personal Injury and Accident Lawyer

Attorney Richard J. Serpe has been investigating accidents such as these throughout the country.  If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident involving a guardrail terminal end, contact us to discuss your rights.

Lawmakers in Tennessee are calling for the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to order a nationwide recall of a controversial guardrail. The Lindsay X-Lite guardrail has played a role in as many as 11 fatal car accidents around the country. Several grieving family members came to Tennessee to support the efforts to recall the guardrail in question. The resolution will head to the governor’s desk for his signature.

Banned and Replaced

Tennessee has lead the charge against Lindsay X-Lite guardrails, with the state’s Department of Transportation banning the installation of the safety devices on their roads. The state also has plans to remove and replace all of the controversial guardrails on their roads by summer 2018. Nearly 2,000 of the Lindsay X-Lites were on Tennessee roads before the removal began.

Design Flaws or Improper Installation

Guardrails are made up of multiple pieces that are designed to slide into each other when struck, also known as “telescoping.” Unfortunately, the Lindsay X-Lite has been known to fail to telescope when it most needs to. Multiple fatal crashes have involved the guardrail failing to collapse under the weight of colliding vehicles. Instead, the metal guardrail pierces the vehicle, slicing through the car and the passengers inside. Victims have suffered from severed limbs, and some have even been impaled by the sharp guardrail pieces.

Some say the Lindsay X-Lite has been improperly designed, while others argue that improper installation is to blame for the malfunction. Regardless, people have lost loved ones because of the X-Lite’s failure to work as intended. We can only hope that this recall is the start of real change.

Dangerous Guardrail Lawyers

Our firm fights for victims injured by defective, outdated or improperly installed guardrails. Accidents involving these dangerous guardrails can be incredibly traumatic, and many find themselves questioning what’s next. If you’ve sustained serious injuries after colliding with a guardrail, it is possible that the guardrail malfunctioned. Contact our experienced guardrail lawyers for a free consultation.

An 18-year-old man has died after his car crashed into a Maryland guardrail. Now, his family is doing all they can to ensure other victims of similar accidents do not end up with a similar fate. The teen was on his way to work at a recruiting office one day when his car ran off the road, striking a guardrail. While exact reasons as to why the young man’s vehicle left the road are unknown, what happened next likely contributed to his death: his vehicle collided with an Lindsay X-LITE end terminal.

Other Victims

Designed to help bring colliding vehicles to a slow and safe stop, these particular end terminals have been linked to many other deaths throughout the country. The victim’s mother said she was shocked to learn that at least seven other people have died in a similar fashion. All eight of the fatal crashes involved the X-LITE end terminal. Five lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer of the safety device, Lindsay Transportation Solutions, claiming that the guardrail is defective.

Justice for the Victim

Now, the family of the victim is seeking justice for their lost loved one. They hope to raise awareness about the dangers associated with this kind of guardrail end terminal. They also hope to convince Maryland officials to remove and replace the guardrail with something safer. There are more than 900 X-LITE end terminals currently on Maryland roads.

At least ten other states are working to remove the X-LITE from their roads and highways, but Maryland says they have no plans to do so.

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A grieving father will stop at nothing to ensure the guardrail that malfunctioned in his daughter’s car accident does not cause more fatalities. The Tennessee father has made headlines as he travels around the country advocating for the removal of the Lindsay X-LITE guardrail. Present on roads across the country, the guardrails have been known to impale vehicles that collide into them, causing devastating injuries to the passengers inside. Now, the man hopes to capture the attention of the president with a commercial airing during the Superbowl pre-game coverage.

Malfunctioning Guardrails

Guardrails are designed to absorb the weight and speed of colliding vehicles. They should crumple under impact, bringing the vehicles to a safe stop – or at least a safer one than the alternative. Instead, the Lindsay X-LITE guardrail has been known to spear the cars crashing into them, slicing through the vehicles and causing severe injuries to the people inside. This malfunction has been dismissed by the manufacturers, saying that no product can prevent every fatal accident. Such explanations are simply not good enough for grieving families, which is why the father from Tennessee has been so proactive in seeking change.

Progress, Slow and Steady

The man’s attempts to get the Lindsay X-LITEs off the road have already been successful in some states. Virginia removed the product from their list of approved devices in 2016, and other states are following suit. Until all are removed from roads across the country, however, this father will likely not stop. We can only hope his advocacy will continue to make changes for the good.

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When a loved one is lost, grieving is to be expected. One Tennessee father has gone beyond grieving after losing his daughter. Instead, he has made it his mission to get the defective guardrails that allegedly killed his daughter off American roads. Most recently, he’s turned his sights to North Carolina, where thousands of the defective guardrails line roads and highways.

Tennessee Department of Transportation officials agree with the man and have begun removing the safety devices from their roads. Unfortunately, not every state is doing the same. North Carolina transportation officials say that the X-LITE guardrails have not caused nor been involved with any fatal crashes in the state. They say that it would be too time-consuming and expensive to remove the thousands of X-LITE guardrails already on their roads.

The good news? No new X-LITES will be installed on North Carolina roads and highways. The state has fast tracked a new guardrail. X-LITES will only be replaced when necessary, though.

Undeterred, the grieving father has continued his mission without the state’s help. In fact, he has been posting on North Carolina Craigslist pages offering people money to come forward with information on X-LITE crashes and locations. Because transportation officials refuse to release such information, he must instead collect it all himself.

The makers of the X-LITE guardrails, Lindsay Transportation Solutions, says that while their guardrails can’t prevent all traffic fatalities, their product is safe. They are in accordance with federal safety standards.

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