Families Hit Guardrail Cos. With Wrongful Death Suits

By Emily Field (June 28, 2017, 5:53 PM EDT) -- The families of three people killed in 2016 after their cars hit highway guardrails slapped the guardrail manufacturer and the company that installed them with wrongful death suits in Tennessee state court Wednesday, alleging that the guardrails were defective and improperly installed.

The two suits, brought by the families of Jacob Davison and Lauren Beuttel and Wilbert Byrd, claim that the manufacturers of the X-Lite guardrail system — Valmont Industries, Lindsay Corp. and their subsidiaries — were defectively designed and made. Instead of the guardrail terminals "telescoping" to absorb the impact of the collision, the families claim that the guardrails pierced...

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