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Young man's crash into guardrail results in death

Guardrails protect motorists along many Maryland roadways. Although they are designed to help prevent tragedy when a vehicle crashes into a guardrail, some people across the country are claiming that one manufacturer's design is causing more harm than good for those that crash into them. One mother has written to Governor Larry Hogan removal of the guardrails that may have had an impact on her son's death.

The mother's 18-year-old son was traveling to work when his tragic accident occurred. He had recently become a U.S. Marine and was headed to the recruitment office when he veered off the road and crashed into an X-LITE guardrail. The accident investigation is pending, and it is not clear why he drifted into the guardrail. The investigation has also not concluded if the X-LITE guardrail had an impact on the young man's death.

Distraught over the loss of her youngest child, the mother began to do her own research on crashes that involved guardrails. She discovered that seven other deaths had occurred involving the same guardrail manufactured by the same company. Five lawsuits are currently pending from people who claim the guardrails are defective and do not deflect accidents as intended. In addition, 10 states have begun removal of the company's guardrails and other states are no longer installing the same guardrails.

According to a government spokesperson, Maryland has no intention of removing the 900 X-LITE guardrails at this time. Anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one that may have been impacted by a crash involving a malfunctioning guardrail has the right to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney. Although advice from an attorney may not lessen a person's grief, a successful claim could result in financial relief and the possibility of saving other families from a similar fate. 

Source: NBC Washington, "Maryland Family Seeks Change After 18-Year-Old Marine Killed in Crash Into Controversial Guardrail", Susan Hogan and Meredith Royster, March 23, 2018

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