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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

A Texas judge must soon rule about just how much Trinity Industries will be fined for defrauding the U.S. government. A jury last fall found that the company had deceived regulators about changes made to the design of the ET-Plus guardrail installed along roads and highways across the country. The whistle blower in the case is asking for $709 million in fines and an additional $19 million in lawyer fees.

Bloomberg.com reports that Trinity Industries plans to appeal the decision, but in the meantime, more lawsuits against the company have piled up. Counties in Illinois and Wisconsin, along with a city in Ontario have all filed suit against Trinity. The Canadian suit is seeking damages of $400 million (USD) after the company failed to report potential dangers associated with the ET-Plus.

The guardrail in question has been known to malfunction, piercing vehicles instead of folding backward to stop the accident from speeding off road. This spear-like effect has lead to serious injuries including amputations. Some victims have even died in crashes associated with the ET-Plus. What makes the product especially dangerous is just how many are found in the United States and Canada. Nearly every state has purchased and installed these safety devices on their highways. They remain on roads throughout the country in spite of the allegations of malfunctions. Though dozens of states have banned the future installation of the ET-Plus, thousands of these guardrails are already on our roads, posing an incredible threat to any cars that might come into contact with 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

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

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

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