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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.

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

Six Senators have penned a letter to the Government Accountability Office seeking an investigation into the Federal Highway Administration. After the controversy surrounding the ET-Plus guardrail and its role on American roads, the policymakers have questioned the FHWA’s approval of the device. The agency also awarded grant money to ensure widespread installation of the ET-Plus. The Senators cited seven specific areas of concern regarding the FHWA.

To start, the letter says, the investigation should look into how the FHWA ensures products are safe. Next, the regulatory process for creating standards should be investigated. The Senators also requested information on how the FHWA develop safety standards and what policies are in place to prevent conflicts of interest from occurring.

32 states have banned the installation of the ET-Plus device following allegations of dangerous device malfunctions. These allegations have resulted in multiple lawsuits against the ET-Plus manufacturer, Trinity Industries. When the device malfunctions, it has been known to lock up and spear colliding vehicles. This piercing effect has injured and killed many. Some have even had limbs amputated by the sharp metal of the guardrail.

The FHWA has responded to the letter, saying they would fully cooperate with the investigation. Considering the ubiquity of the ET-Plus across the United States, it’s incredibly important that the government agency – an agency specifically designed to ensure safe roads for citizens – be investigated. A Texas jury found that Trinity Industries had defrauded the federal government by failing to announce changes made to the design of the ET-Plus. If a change like that can slip past regulators, perhaps an investigation is a good idea indeed.

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

Plans to remove a potentially deadly highway safety devices from Virginia roads are underway. 13newsnow.com reports that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced these plans via a letter from the state’s chief engineer. The decision comes following controversy associated with the ET-Plus guardrail and its potential malfunction. Accident victims across the country have noted the guardrails tendency to lock up and pierce the cabin of colliding vehicles rather than fold backward to stop the crash as designed.

It’s not known precisely how many ET-Plus guardrails are on roads round Virginia, which is part of what makes the removal process such a challenge. VDOT recently posted a bid requesting the identification and removal process of the ET-Plus guardrails, with all bids due by March. VDOT says, however, they will only award the bid should they indeed choose to move forward on the project.

These baby steps in the right direction may not seem like enough, but Virginia is one of the only states to even begin planning for the removal process. Most states are awaiting the results of a series of crash tests ordered by the federal government. Trinity Industries, the manufacturer of the ET-Plus, conducted these eight tests over the last few months. Only the results of the first four tests have been released thus far, with safety experts expressing concern over the eighth and final test. In that particular test, the driver’s side door was smashed in by the guardrail. Though no official ruling on the test has been made public yet, many speculate that it will receive a failing grade.

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

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.

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

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