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Trinity Industries, the creator of the controversial ET-Plus guardrail end terminal, has been sued by the Canadian city of Stratford, Ontario. According to ABCNews.com lawmakers there believe the company sold them defective, dangerous products – specifically, the ET-Plus. The city is seeking $500 million in damages for Stratford. The lawsuit claims despite knowledge of dangerous flaws in the device’s design, Trinity Industries continued to make the ET-Plus available for sale and installation on roads across North America.

This will become the third lawsuit against Trinity Industries. Illinois and Wisconsin have both recently filed class action suits against the manufacturer, claiming that the company sold the guardrails fraudulently. Of course, Trinity was found guilty of defrauding the federal government last fall, resulting in fines of $175 million dollars.

42 states and three Canadian provinces have now suspended the installation of the ET-Plus guardrails, but many of them remain on roads and highways. The Federal Highway Administration ordered a series of eight crash tests to determine the future role the guardrail may or may not have on American roads. The ET-Plus passed four of the eight tests, with the results of the additional four still pending. Photos and videos of the crash, however, clearly show the guardrail failing. Trinity has claimed that you simply can’t judge a test by it’s photos.

With this latest lawsuit’s filing comes more questions than answers. Will more cities begin filing class action lawsuits against Trinity Industries? As the crash test results roll in, we’ll likely find the answer.

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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

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

New crash test results of a controversial safety device may bolster claims against the company that manufactures the guardrails in question. Dallas-based Trinity Industries was recently mandated by the Federal Highway Administration to test their ET-Plus guardrail end terminals. The mandate followed hundreds of claims that the device was malfunctioning across the country, injuring and even killing those involved in ET-Plus accidents.

The ET-Plus, like all guardrail end terminals, is designed to crumple under pressure – think of an accordion folding back into itself. Unfortunately, the ET-Plus hasn’t always worked this way. Some claim that the guardrail has pierced vehicles, acting like a spear and slicing at passengers inside cars. These kinds of accidents have resulted in fatalities and serious injuries, including amputation of limbs.

The crash results are still being compiled into an official report, but early indicators show that the tests may prove the malfunction claims to be true. Some critics argue that the low angle tests Trinity ran indicates the level of danger these guardrails have the potential for. These safety devices are intended to keep us safer in accident situations. If they do not work as intended, they need removed from our roads as soon as possible.

The ET-Plus guardrails are on the roads in 49 states. More than 30 of those states have banned the installation of these guardrails pending the results of the crash tests. Only Virginia has begun work to remove the ET-Plus from the Commonwealth’s roads, but as there are thousands throughout the area, it will indeed be a long road ahead.

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

Utah is joining the long list of states growing concerned over the presence of the controversial ET-Plus guardrail on their roads and highways. Indeed, there are more than 300 of these guardrails on Utah streets and they are found in 49 different states. The guardrails have been the center of controversy following allegations that they malfunction when struck in accidents. Sources report that more than 1,000 injuries and 50 deaths have been blamed on the ET-Plus.

Unlike properly functioning guardrails, the ET-Plus has been known to pierce oncoming vehicles. Acting as a spear, the guardrail end terminal sometimes goes through the front of cars and comes up through the driver’s side foot well. This sharp, jagged metal has severed limbs and even ended lives. In fact, the allegations against Trinity Industries, the company that manufactures the ET-Plus, have grown so serious that the Federal Highway Association has ordered the guardrails be crash tested to prove their safety. The results of the tests should be available to the public soon.

The danger of the ET-Plus may lie in an unauthorized design change Trinity Industries made in 2005. By changing a critical metal piece from 5″ to 4″, they saved money on manufacturing costs. Unfortunately, safety experts say that this size reduction is likely the cause of the product’s malfunction. Since 2005, thousands of these guardrails have been installed on roads across the country. Only time will tell whether the ET-Plus will have a role on our streets in the future.

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