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The ET-Plus guardrail system has reportedly failed the independent crash tests requested by the Virginia Department of Transportation, WJHL.com reports. Though the official results have not been released, documents filed with the Virginia Attorney General’s office indicate that a test involving the ET-Plus guardrail and a pickup truck “failed miserably.” While we await official word from VDOT, this news is not good for Virginia drivers who rely upon the guardrails to keep them safe on Commonwealth roads and highways.

Trinity Industries Guilty of Defrauding the Federal Government

The ET-Plus guardrail, manufactured by Texas-based Trinity Industries, has come under fire in recent years. Last fall, the company was found guilty of defrauding the federal government by failing to alert regulators to changes in the device’s design. This small change made the ET-Plus cheaper to manufacture, experts say, but also dramatically decreased the effectiveness of the guardrail. Instead of curling back under the pressure of a colliding vehicle, the ET-Plus has been known to pierce cars and injure – even fatally so – passengers and drivers inside.

Photos of this most recent crash test show a pickup truck that flipped and landed on the guardrail after the head-on crash. Though it’s supposed to be a safety device, the ET-Plus may do more harm than good. It will likely take VDOT hundreds of hours and millions of dollars to remove these guardrails from our roads, which is why the agency has filed suit against Trinity Industries. This crash test is just the latest piece in the growing case against the guardrail manufacturer.

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A court in Texas has denied a motion to move the controversial Trinity Industries guardrail lawsuit to a courtroom in east Texas. That means the trial will instead be held right here in Norfolk. WAVY reports that a key guardrail crash occurred in Cape Charles. The key players who helped work the scene of the accident – the police, first responders – as well as the victims and witnesses are all located in the Hampton Roads area. Despite Trinity Industries’ Texas home base, it simply made more sense to hold the trial in Norfolk.

The accident at the heart of this lawsuit occurred in November of 2011. The driver fell asleep at the wheel before crashing into one of Trinity’s guardrails, the ET-Plus. Designed to peel away and bring a crashing car to a safe stop, the guardrail instead pierced the vehicle, spearing the front. The couple inside the car were seriously injured and lucky to make it out alive.

Though no one will argue that the car accident was caused by Trinity Industries, the lawsuit alleges that this collision should have been much less dangerous than it ultimately was. Had the ET-Plus acted in the appropriate manner, it would never have injured this couple as badly as it did. The lawsuit alleges that the company purposefully deceived the federal government by not revealing key changes to the device’s design.

Ultimately, a jury will decide whether or not to award the couple damages. Either way, Trinity Industries will be under fire yet again for their dangerous guardrail design.

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Virginia’s crash testing of the controversial ET-Plus guardrail has begun in California. The tests, conducted by a neutral third party testing facility called KARCO, will help determine the fate of the ET-Plus on Commonwealth roads and highways. But officials from Trinity Industries – the company behind the guardrail in question – walked out of the first day of testing after calling the crash tests “clearly flawed.”

The tests were ordered by the Virginia Department of Transportation in spite of the federal tests conducted earlier this year that show the ET-Plus passing. Many critics were skeptical of one of the eight federal tests, claiming that it should ultimately have been ruled a failure. Critics also worry that an older model of the ET-Plus was used for the federal tests, not the controversial model with design changes.

Though VDOT has allowed news cameras to film the tests, Trinity has accused them of being not being transparent enough. KARCO allowed Trinity two hours to inspect the test setup, and even granted them an additional hour to go over the procedures. The first test has been completed, but VDOT will not be commenting about the results until all testing is complete in early October.

Ultimately, VDOT representatives told ABCNews, these tests are designed with the safety of Virginian motorists safe. Trinity Industries may reject the results and even challenge the science behind the tests, but whatever the outcome, state officials will be more knowledgeable about the ET-Plus and the way it functions on our roads.

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The Virginia Department of Transportation has announced a new round of crash testing will begin this week. The tests will help to determine if Trinity Industries’ ET-Plus guardrail is safe enough to remain on Commonwealth roads. The guardrail design in question has been the focus of much controversy following many deadly device malfunctions across the country. Though the guardrail passed the Federal Highway Administration’s crash tests last December, VDOT hopes another round of rigorous testing will help determine just how safe – or unsafe – the device actually is.

VDOT has not responded to news station requests nor Trinity Industries for more information about the forthcoming tests, but insiders report that the series of six tests will be conducted by a California company beginning September 17. Tests of low-end guardrail have failed in many other scenarios, so VDOT will focus their attention to those kinds of crashes.

The results of these tests will play a large role in the current lawsuit Virginia’s Attorney General has filed against Trinity Industries. States across the country will also look to the test results to help determine the fate of the guardrails on their own roads. Nearly every state in the nation has banned the future installation of the ET-Plus, but thousands remain on roads and highways across the country.

The ET-Plus has been known to pierce vehicles rather than peel away during a collision. The sharp metal of the guardrail slices through cars, injuring and even killing passengers. Experts say the design of the device was altered to lower manufacturing costs, but the changes made the guardrails less effective and more dangerous.

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Claims that no fraud was committed by the guardrail manufacturer Trinity Industries fell on the deaf ears of a Virginia judge. After listening to more than an hour of arguments, the judge instead ruled that a lawsuit against Trinity could move forward, according to reports. This is just one of the many lawsuits Trinity is facing from around the country following malfunctions of their guardrail, the ET-Plus.

The ET-Plus has faced much scrutiny over the past year. Last October, a Texas jury found Trinity Industries had defrauded the federal government and the company was fined. Since then, nearly every state in the nation has blacklisted the device from installation. Unfortunately, though, thousands of the guardrail end terminals remain on roads across the country.

The dangerous ET-Plus currently in use on our roads has been known to pierce vehicles during collisions, rather than peel away from the car as intended. This malfunction has caused countless injuries and deaths over the years. Some victims have lost limbs in the accidents – the sharp metal guardrail has amputated feet and legs. Experts say that a small change in design by Trinity Industries made the product cheaper to manufacture but more likely to malfunction. The Virginia Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against Trinity to make sure the company – not Virginia taxpayers – are responsible for the cost of removing and replacing these dangerous safety devices.

While the case continues on, the Virginia Department of Transportation has not yet announced whether the ET-Plus devices on Commonwealth roads will be removed or replaced anytime soon.

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Our Guardrail Injury Lawyers are currently investigating serious and fatal guardrail accidents related to this untested guardrail design. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident with a guardrail, contact our attorneys to discuss your legal options. We offer a free, no obligation, case evaluation – Get Help Now 877-544-5323

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