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Highway guard rail creator faces Tennessee wrongful death suits

Accidents happen all the time, from traffic crashes to workplace mistakes, but only the most severe result in the death of a driver, pedestrian or worker. It is rare in Tennessee that a person loses his or her life due to a preventable mistake, but the law allows the victim's family or survivors to sue for wrongful death in these cases.

A contractor to the state's department of transportation may be facing such a suit in the aftermath of a string of deaths across the country involving a possibly defective highway guard rail. A 17-year-old girl was killed in McMinn County when the guard rail in question impaled her vehicle when it left the surface of the interstate.

Similar crashes claimed at least three lives in Cumberland County and the city of Chattanooga. The rail was supposedly designed to crumple and slow a vehicle in an emergency situation, but remaining metal fragments entered these vehicles and fatally injured drivers and passengers.

The survivors of these Tennesseans have since filed wrongful death lawsuits against the manufacturers and installers of the guard rails. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is already spending millions of dollars to identify these parts and replace them before any other deaths may occur.

Victims of accidents involving defective manufactured goods on the road or in the home have the right to claim reimbursement for related expenses and compensation for lost wages, pain and emotional distress from the parties responsible for the malfeasance. An attorney can help victims and their survivors build the case for negligence or other causes of a preventable death.

Source: Knox News, "Father of guardrail crash victim hopes Trump will hear story and act," Travis Dorman, Jan. 07, 2018

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