Losing a child in a vehicular accident is something no parent ever wants to experience. Sadly, in 2015, 2,333 teens in the United States between the ages of 16–19 were killed and “221,313 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes in 2014” [Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]. In 2016, a father lost his 17-year-old daughter when she was involved in an accident and struck by an X-LITE guardrail in Tennessee. While this father can’t bring back his daughter, he can help spread a message out to the public highlighting how dangerous and deadly these X-LITE guardrails are.
The desperate father has begun by spending $1,000 on a television ad that was scheduled to run in West Palm Beach during Super Bowl Sunday in hopes of reaching President Donald Trump. Steve Eimers was hopeful that Trump would be watching the event from his Mar-a-Lago resort and hear his plea for help to address the issue regarding these guardrails. The father stated, “it was worth taking that shot to see if maybe the President will see this,” according to CBS News. When the man’s daughter was killed in the accident, the X-LITE guardrail, which should have collapsed on itself, acted as a spear and penetrated the driver’s door and hit his daughter in the chest and head. She died upon impact.
The reason Eimers made an attempt to bring this issue to the attention of President Trump is because his daughter Hannah isn’t the only person who has been killed by an X-LITE guardrail and federal regulators have been slow to address the problem. According to the source, “at least 13 deaths nationally may involve X-LITE guardrails including a crash in Tennessee that killed 69-year-old Wilbert Byrd and a 59-year-old man in Missouri.” Currently, there are more than 14,000 X-LITE’s on U.S. roads nationwide which means more efforts needs to be put into to getting rid of the remaining hazardous guardrails that could potentially take another life.
Although the state of Tennessee has been working to remove the dangerous guardrails and ten other states also said they would begin having the X-LITE’s removed, “Lindsay Transportation Solutions said the “X-LITE has successfully passed crash and safety tests in accordance with federal standards.” The company has also said that “no road safety equipment can prevent injury in every crash scenario.” While there is some validity to the statement, if there have been numerous deaths linked to one particular type of guardrail, that might be a clear indicator that it is defective in some way or another.
Hopefully, the message Eimers sent out did, in fact, reach Trump and more will be done to combat the cities in the U.S. that neglect to remove the E-LITE guardrails from their roads. To view the ad and the listen to what this father had to say regarding the matter, visit CBS News.
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