Crash victims' families file lawsuits alleging negligence by guardrail companies
The families of three people killed in Tennessee last year when their vehicles crashed into a controversial type of guardrail end filed lawsuits Wednesday blaming the "unreasonably dangerous and defective" Lindsay X-LITE system for the deaths.
The families of Jacob Davison and Lauren Beuttel filed a wrongful death lawsuit in the Cumberland County Circuit Court; the son of Wilbert Byrd filed another in Hamilton County. They are represented by Ted Leopold of Cohen Milstein.
The lawsuits also allege the guardrails involved in the two crashes were improperly installed by Cumberland Guardrail due to Lindsay's and Valmont's insufficient instructions — a claim that echoes one of the Tennessee Department of Transportation's problems with the product. Cumberland "knew or should have known" the guardrails weren't properly installed, the lawsuits read.