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In the months following the controversy surrounding the ET-Plus guardrail end terminal, we’ve heard countless stories of people injured or killed when the guardrail malfunctions. Now, after the loss of their father, one Arizona family is striking back against the company that makes the ET-Plus, Trinity Industries. The family has filed a lawsuit against the company and the state transportation department, claiming that the guardrail was unsafe for the road.

When the family’s loved one got into an accident last April, the ET-Plus speared through his newspaper delivery truck’s front end, severing the man’s leg. Tragically, he did not survive this wreck. His family’s lawsuit alleges that the bolts of the guardrail “jammed” through the exit gate, which is why the guardrail malfunctioned.

This is far from the first lawsuit filed against the ET-Plus maker Trinity Industries. Indeed, the guardrail has caused the company lots of legal trouble. Last fall, a Texas jury found Trinity Industries guilty of defrauding the federal government by failing to report changes in design to regulators.

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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.

No amount of money can ease the loss of a loved one, but compensation can make up some of the potential lifetime earnings an accident victim would have used to support his family. An experienced attorney can help families navigate the often confusing waters following a tragic accident like this one. We offer a free, no obligation, case evaluation – Get Help Now 877-544-5323

The final results of the Trinity Industries crash tests are in: all eight received passing scores from the Federal Highway Administration. The eight tests utilized guardrails of two different heights, one measuring 27 3/4 inches, one 31 inches.

Critics say the final of the eight tests should have been ruled a failure, as the guardrail severely dented the driver’s side door. Many believe that the Federal Highway Administration has given these test passing grades to cover for the poor job the government did in vetting the material. Some argue that by admitting the guardrails aren’t safe for the road, the administration would be admitting their failure to properly do their jobs. The agency says they will continue to investigate the ET-Plus, as more than 30 states currently have banned the guardrail from future installation.

ABC 13 News Now recently reported that Virginia has not received any application for approval from Trinity Industries to install any more of the ET-Plus guardrails on the Commonwealth’s roads. VDOT, the Virginia Department of Transportation, says more tests will be done to prove the reliability of the ET-Plus. They are also currently accepting bids from companies to remove the problematic guardrails from the roads.

Trinity Industries was fined for defrauding the government by failing to alert regulators to changes in the size of the ET-Plus. A small change in size has reportedly resulted in major product malfunctions, causing severe injuries and even fatalities among crash victims.

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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

Late last month, Arizona suspended the use of the Trinity ET-Plus guardrail over fears of its performance in the event of an accident.

In addition to the more than 30 states that have suspended use of the guardrail, the federal government has stepped in and requested additional safety tests.

Arizona DOT - Guardrail Injury LaywerAccording to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there are 3,600 of these guardrails installed throughout the state. While this may be a small number, when compared to some other states, it only takes one to cause serious injury or death in a collision.

Before banning use, the Arizona Department of Transportation said the following in a letter to the Federal Highway Administration:

“We continue to monitor the field performance of these end terminals and to our knowledge have not experienced any unsatisfactory performance.”

Guardrail Manufacturer Defrauds Federal Government

Trinity Industries was recently found guilty of defrauding the federal government. They failed to alert regulators to design changes made back in 2005. The design change, a size reduction of just a few inches, is said to be responsible for the product’s malfunctions.

Highway guardrail end terminals are designed to absorb the pressure of colliding vehicles by forcing the sides of the guardrail to fold backward and away from the oncoming cars. Instead, the ET-Plus has been known to spear through crashing cars and injure passengers. Some have even had limbs amputated by the sharp guardrail sides.

With Trinity ET-Plus guardrails in use in every state in the US, federal and state authorities are concerned about future accidents causing unnecessary injuries and deaths.

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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