The state of Missouri has filed a lawsuit against one of the largest guardrail manufacturers in the country. The Lindsay Corporation is responsible for the X-LITE system of guardrails – the very same design that has garnered public scrutiny and an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.
News reports show that the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission filed a lawsuit against the Lindsay Corporation for fraud and negligence, amongst other counts. According to the lawsuit, “Lindsay Entities did not disclose that they used different variants of the X-LITE system during testing or that it had modified the X-LITE system design throughout the course of its testing.”
The complaint continues on, detailing the ineffective and defective design that failed to prevent spearing, vaulting and rollovers as intended. In fact, the lawsuit alleges, the X-LITE actually increased the odds of injuries, fatalities, and property damage to motorists and passengers.
A Response from the Lindsay Corporation
““The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) examined and re-examined the X-LITE and its in-service performance and gathered input from state departments of transportation across the United States. In FHWA’s evaluations, the X-LITE performed consistently with other end terminals on U.S. roads and highways and did not lead to any conclusion that the X-Lite was unsafe. Numerous states have confirmed that they’ve had no negative experiences with the X-LITE,” the Lindsay Corporation said in response to the lawsuit.
The Ongoing Federal Investigation
The Lindsay Corporation has been under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice since June 2019. The investigation is focusing on whether the company violated the False Claims Act when selling the X-LITE system. Such investigations are typically only opened after someone accuses a company of defrauding the government. Much of the details surrounding the investigation are being kept private – for now.
In the meantime, the X-LITE systems have been replaced along roads in Missouri, Maryland and Virginia. Unfortunately, though, countless X-LITE guardrails remain along American roads and highways.
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If you were hurt or someone you love died in an accident involving an ET-Plus or X-LITE guardrail, contact The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC. Reports have surfaced linking these guardrails to numerous injuries and deaths. Our law firm is proud to help victims and their families navigate the legal system and fight for the compensation they deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call or text 877-544-5323 or send us a message online.