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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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