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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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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

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

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.

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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 federally mandated crash tests of a controversial highway safety device have now been completed, with one of the tests likely resulting in a failure. Only four of the eight have officially received passing marks, but experts claim the last in the series will likely be deemed a failure. Indeed, crash test photos show a test vehicle significantly damaged on the driver’s side door. The door has been inward by the guardrail. Had a driver actually been inside the cabin, they would have likely been severely injured in a crash like this one.

The guardrail manufacturer, Trinity Industries, has since fired back against these claims. Trinity defends the crash test, arguing that the experts were not present at the tests and should not be commenting without proper background knowledge of the individual tests. Because the final test has not been fully analyzed by federal regulators, Trinity argues, experts should not speculate on results.

Still, critics aren’t so hesitant. Joshua Harman, the whistleblower who alerted the federal authorities about the ET-Plus malfunction recently spoke to ABC News about the crash test. “If they classify that as a pass,” he said, “they might as well say the Titanic didn’t sink.” Indeed, photos of the test are quite damning. No one could look at those test results and argue the ET-Plus should remain on our roads and highways. Still, the Federal Highway Administration has the ultimate call and will release their results soon. The video of the first four crash tests are already available on their website.

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

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