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Critics of the ET-Plus guardrail have long argued that the safety device is unfit for our roads. They’ve argued that the guardrail malfunctions in the most dangerous times possible: during a crash. They’ve claimed the guardrail pierces the cabin of oncoming cars, injuring, amputating and even killing accident victims. In spite of these claims, the ET-Plus has remained on roads across the country. Now, crash test photos and videos of the federally mandated ET-Plus crash test reveals the worst, with one senator calling the images “hideously shocking.”

The ET-Plus was designed to crunch under the impact of colliding vehicles, folding backward like an accordion. This motion ideally helps to slow down the accident to a stop. Unfortunately, the guardrail has been known to malfunction, puncturing the engines, footwells, and doors of oncoming cars. These claims led the Highway Safety Administration to order crash tests from the manufacturer of the ET-Plus, Trinity Industries. Of the eight tests conducted this winter, seven are believed to have passed. The results of the eighth test have shocked the world.

Trinity Industries has defended the images, arguing that no one can judge a crash test by photos. Still, the images are undeniably grim. Had a real driver been behind the wheel, it is doubtful he or she would have walked away unharmed in such a crash. Official results of the test are still pending, but most believe the eighth test will indeed be deemed a failure. If photos like the ones of that crash test are to be believed, the ET-Plus truly has no place on our roads and highways.

Seriously Injured in an Accident Involving a Guardrail?

Our Guardrail Injury Lawyers are currently investigating serious and fatal guardrail accidents related to this potentially dangerous 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

The ET-Plus has faced criticism and banning from nearly all 50 of the United States. With malfunction claims against the product stating that it causes more dangerous crash situations, safety experts across the country have been carefully inspecting the guardrail’s role on their state’s highways. Indeed, 46 states have banned the installation of the ET-Plus pending further investigation into the potential malfunction.

North Carolina, however, is one of the four states that have not banned the controversial guardrail. Despite knowledge of six North Carolina ET-Plus crashes – two of which resulted in deaths – the North Carolina Department of Transportation does not feel there is enough evidence to remove the devices from roads. One North Carolina man lost his leg in an accident involving the ET-Plus. He recently told WRAL.com that he still struggles to stand, even with a prothesis. Nationwide, there have been more than 40 deaths and 100 injuries associated with ET-Plus guardrail crashes.

The company behind the ET-Plus, Trinity Industries, insists their product is safe. Trinity is currently conducting a series of federally mandated crash tests to prove the value of their product and to determine the future of its role on our country’s roads. The National Highway Administration announced that the ET-Plus has officially passed four of the eight tests, with other results still pending. If the tests indeed find the guardrail unsafe for our streets, North Carolina and the other three states will have no choice but to ban the use of the ET-Plus.

Seriously Injured in an Accident Involving a Guardrail?

Our Guardrail Injury Lawyers are currently investigating serious and fatal guardrail accidents related to this potentially dangerous 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

The last of eight crash tests of the ET-Plus guardrail has finished, with a report due to the public in the coming weeks. One expert, however, claims that the final test proves just how dangerous the ET-Plus can be. In fact, the expert claims, the test may have indeed failed the eighth test.

In a video of the crash test obtained by 13newsnow.com, the guardrail clearly punctures the driver’s side door of the colliding vehicle. Had a person been behind the wheel in an accident such as this, they would have been severely injured or killed. The large dent protrudes severely into the car, a scary image for anyone who has ever been involved in an accident. It’s easy to see just how dangerous this crash situation would have been for the driver, and how the ET-Plus negatively affected the collision.

Trinity Industries, the manufacturing company behind the ET-Plus, claims the first four crash tests in the series of eight passed with flying colors. These results, however, may not paint an accurate picture of how every ET-Plus reacts in crash scenarios. The terminals used in the tests have come under scrutiny after it was announced the ET-Plus guardrails used in the tests came from a warehouse – not from an actual road or highway. Rumor also has it that there are design differences between the models being tested and the models currently in use on roads throughout the country.

With crash test results due next month, the nation will be watching to see the fate of the ET-Plus.

Seriously Injured in an Accident Involving a Guardrail?

Our Guardrail Injury Lawyers are currently investigating serious and fatal guardrail accidents related to this potentially dangerous 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

The ET-Plus guardrail has been under the lens of public scrutiny for months. Trinity Industries, the manufacturer of the guardrail, was found to have defrauded the federal government and fined by a Texas court. Hundreds of allegations against the company arose, with many claiming their car accidents were made worse by the ET-Plus malfunctioning.

Ideally, guardrail end terminals work to make car crashes safer. They’re designed to bend backwards – think of a bendy straw, flexible and compact – to bring vehicles to a safe stop along roads and highways. Instead, the ET-Plus has been known to spear cars, piercing the front and crashing through the foot wells below steering wheels. Tragically, this has resulted in deaths among some, amputated limbs among others. These malfunctions have serious ramifications for the safety industry.

Though the Federal Highway Administration has ordered a series of crash tests to better understand how these ET-Plus guardrails might be malfunctioning, the models are still found on the roads in 49 states. Only Virginia has begun plans to remove the ET-Plus from their streets, though actual removal has not yet started. Installation of the guardrail has been banned in more than 30 states, pending the results of the crash tests.

These guardrails are meant to protect those in dangerous crash situations, not make them worse. For an intended safety product, this design is simply not up to par. Until the thousands of ET-Plus guardrails are removed from the highways nationwide, however, people will likely continue to be injured – or worse – in accidents involving them.

Seriously Injured in an Accident Involving a Guardrail?

Our Guardrail Injury Lawyers are currently investigating serious and fatal guardrail accidents related to this potentially dangerous 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

A highway safety mechanism at the height of much controversy has been found along roads and highways throughout South Carolina’s Florence County. According to WBTW, investigators found dozens of the ET-Plus guardrail end terminals along the county streets. The ET-Plus has been known to malfunction, sending accident victims to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. It is currently under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with the model undergoing crash testing to determine whether it is indeed safe enough for use.

When the ET-Plus guardrail is struck by a vehicle, the end terminal is supposed to push sharp guardrail edges backwards like an accordion. This ensures a safer landing for the passengers inside the crashing vehicle. Instead, the ET-Plus has been known to pierce oncoming vehicles, slicing through and injuring passengers. Some have lost limbs, others have lost lives. What’s most troublesome is that hundreds of thousands of these guardrails remain on roads throughout the country. Most states say they will await the results of the investigation before ordering the installation of a safer guardrail end terminal.

The manufacturers of the ET-Plus, Trinity Industries, insist that the guardrail works as designed. They stand by their product, in spite of reports that they cut corners on the ET-Plus’ design to save costs. The reduction in size of a crucial metal piece is likely the culprit behind the malfunction, experts say. Crash testing will continue this month, with the NHTSA expected to make a final call regarding the alleged malfunction after the testing is completed.