Langdon & Emison attorneys Kent Emison and Michael Serra were published in the most recent edition of AIEG Voice magazine, in an analytical look at guardrail defects. “When Guardrail Manufacturers Pursue Profit Over Safety, Consumers Pay the Price” was featured in the Winter 2018 edition that went out to members of the Attorneys Information Exchange Group. Together Kent and Michael have litigated guardrail defect cases in venues throughout the U.S., and Kent has spoken to numerous bar associations and been interviewed by national media on the subject.
As a result of ongoing litigation, the dangers of the ET-Plus have come to light. While the number has varied, a majority of states permitted no new ET-Plus end terminals to be placed on its roadways. Unfortunately, tens of thousands of the dangerous ET-Plus end terminals remain on roadways throughout the United States. States have not chosen to remove the ET-Plus from our roadways, so people will continue to be horribly maimed and killed by the ET-Plus for the foreseeable future.
Best Lawyers in America named Kent "Lawyer of the Year" for 2018 for personal injury plaintiffs' litigation for the Kansas City metro area. In 2017 he received the Thomas G. Strong Trial Attorney Award from the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys for his leadership in the profession. Kent’s reputation in the field is due to his track record of obtaining the maximum compensation for injured individuals and for families who have lost loved ones. Throughout his career he has been an advocate of trial by jury and is seen as a leader in the profession. Michael brings a firm commitment to justice to his work and plays a key role in all phases of litigation for cases involving defective vehicles and products; electrical shock injuries; railroad accidents; and other instances of negligence. Together Kent and Michael have successfully litigated many matters pertaining to defective guardrails on American highways. The full article can be read here.
The Texas A & M-Texas Transportation Institute (“TTI”) put it best when it stated, “The penalty for an inadvertent roadside encroachment should not be death or serious injury”. Unfortunately, some guardrails installed on America’s roadways are themselves hazardous. In particular, the ever-present ET-Plus guardrail end terminal has a proven track-record of spearing errant vehicles that are unlucky enough to impact the end of the guardrail installation, causing numerous horrible injuries and deaths.
When corporations put profits over the safety of the public, the inevitable results include more money to the corporation and horrible injuries and many deaths to the public.