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Family of Woman Killed by Defective Guardrail Reaches Settlement

In 2008, a Tri-Cities woman died after her car ran into a guardrail terminal along Highway 394 near Blountville. The guardrail pierced through the woman’s car like a spear. She died soon after. In 2012, her family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer of the guardrail, Trinity Industries, as well as the State of Tennessee. They argued that defects in the design of the guardrail lead to the terminal head failing, which caused the guardrail to impale the car. The state paid the family after witness testimony revealed that the specific segment of guardrail that the woman struck had been damaged for months previously. Despite the damage, the Tennessee Department of Transportation never repaired the guardrail. Because of this failure to maintain the guardrail, the state agreed to a settlement. Which Guardrail Was Responsible? The specific guardrail piece, the ET-Plus guardrail terminal, was removed from Tennessee’s approved products…
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Defective Products: Are There Malfunctioning Guardrails on Tennessee Highways?

Frighteningly, numerous news outlets have reported that a guardrail found on several Tennessee highways designed to help prevent disastrous vehicle accidents may be defective. According to WSMV-TV, there are more than 20 of the guardrails in the Nashville-Metro area alone. “We are worried because we have learned that there has been concern across the country that the products aren’t working,” Metro Public Works Department engineering director Mark Macy told the station. The guardrail being questioned is the ET-Plus End Terminal, which the Tennessee Department of Transportation said is widely used across the state. Trinity Industries, a Texas company, manufactures it. The guardrails allegedly may break off during accidents instead of deflecting energy during impact. In one case, a man in North Carolina claimed that the guardrail pierced his SUV, severing both of his legs. Trinity Industries has reportedly been sued more than a dozen times for personal injury claims and…
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