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The last of eight federally mandated crash tests on the ET-Plus guardrail has been completed in San Antonio, Texas. The tests were ordered following allegations that the highway safety mechanism was malfunctioning, injuring and killing those involved in guardrail crashes. Because of such claims, more than forty states banned the installation of the Trinity Industries product.

Virginia was one of the only states to make progress toward removing ET-Plus guardrails from its roads. Virginia Department of Transportation ordered their own round of crash testing to determine the product’s safety. 13newsnow.com reports that of the 197 crashes recorded, 69 of them involved an ET-Plus guardrail. Regulators found that with a few exceptions, the guardrail worked as intended.

Still, some critics of the crash tests are concerned about the reliability of such results. Two senators recently wrote to regulators asking for newer cars to be included in the tests, along with a wider variety of angles. These factors could majorly impact the way the ET-Plus performs in crash situations.

In the meantime, no final decision has been made about the reliability of the ET-Plus nor its future on American roads. Considering how serious allegations against Trinity Industries have been – including claims that the ET-Plus malfunctions and slices through cars, amputating passengers’ limbs – it is doubtful these test results will be enough to clear their name. In October, a jury fined the company $525 million for hiding changes they made to the design of the ET-Plus. With that ruling in mind, regulators are surely being cautious about the future of the ET-Plus.

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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 highway safety mechanism at the height of much controversy has been found along roads and highways throughout South Carolina’s Florence County. According to WBTW, investigators found dozens of the ET-Plus guardrail end terminals along the county streets. The ET-Plus has been known to malfunction, sending accident victims to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. It is currently under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with the model undergoing crash testing to determine whether it is indeed safe enough for use.

When the ET-Plus guardrail is struck by a vehicle, the end terminal is supposed to push sharp guardrail edges backwards like an accordion. This ensures a safer landing for the passengers inside the crashing vehicle. Instead, the ET-Plus has been known to pierce oncoming vehicles, slicing through and injuring passengers. Some have lost limbs, others have lost lives. What’s most troublesome is that hundreds of thousands of these guardrails remain on roads throughout the country. Most states say they will await the results of the investigation before ordering the installation of a safer guardrail end terminal.

The manufacturers of the ET-Plus, Trinity Industries, insist that the guardrail works as designed. They stand by their product, in spite of reports that they cut corners on the ET-Plus’ design to save costs. The reduction in size of a crucial metal piece is likely the culprit behind the malfunction, experts say. Crash testing will continue this month, with the NHTSA expected to make a final call regarding the alleged malfunction after the testing is completed.

 

The Ohio Department of Transportation has made the decision to stop ordering guardrails from Trinity Industries altogether due to concerns over the safety of the rail heads.

In an accident, this piece is designed to absorb the impact of a vehicle and accordion backward. As the head is pushed back by the car, the piece pushes the rails aside, peeling it away from the vehicle. Unfortunately, the Trinity ET-Plus guardrails have reportedly sliced right through cars. This malfunction has resulted in needless injuries (including amputations) and even some fatalities.

According to WLWT.com, Ohio state officials are unsure of where the end caps manufactured by Trinity are located. Of the 23,000 units throughout the state, it is believed that roughly one third were manufactured by Trinity Industries.

A jury has determined that Trinity Industries defrauded the government by making changes to its guardrail system, while keeping it a secret. This has led to the Federal Highway Administration calling for crash testing of the new design.

Ohio, among many other states, is weighing its options. At this point, the state has decided to stop ordering from Trinity Industries.

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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

Delaware - Guardrail Injury LawyerDelaware, much the same as many other states throughout the country, is taking a closer look at how many potentially dangerous highway guardrail units are in use along the state’s roadways.

According to recent reports, the Delaware Department of Transportation has banned the new installation of the ET-Plus guardrail system manufactured by Trinity Industries Inc.

An engineer for the Delaware Department of Transportation said the ban will remain in place until “comprehensive, independent safety testing” is completed.

At least 27 other states have done the same, with Virginia and New Hampshire two from the local region.

The Delaware Transportation Secretary said the following:

“We thought it was prudent not to install any more of these until we know more. I need someone to tell me from the federal perspective that these are safe. If they’re not safe, we want to rip them out.”

While the guardrail units can only cause a problem if a car wrecks into it, this is more common than many people believe. In the event of a crash, the guardrail has the potential to pierce the vehicle and cause additional damage and injury.

Seriously Injured in an Accident Involving a Guardrail?

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

Georgia is falling in line with many other states that have announced its intentions to stop installing the potentially dangerous ET-Plus guardrail system manufactured by Trinity.

Georgia - Guardrail Injury LawyerAccording to the Georgia Department of Transportation, the state will stop installing these guardrails until new crash test results are released.

Even though the guardrail is meant to absorb energy in the event of an accident, some experts believe it can malfunction, thus leading to the guardrail piercing through the vehicle.

According to a local report by Channel 2, a man was killed when he was a passenger in a vehicle involved in an accident on Interstate 285. It is believed that the guardrail went through a rear door and eventually struck him in the back of the head.

Georgia is a bit behind the rest of the country when it comes to guardrail safety, with the state still using a type of guardrail that federal officials recommended be removed more than 15 years ago.

This time around, it appears that Georgia is getting serious about the problem at hand. Until additional test results are released by the manufacturer of the ET-Plus guardrail system, the state will cease installation.

Seriously Injured in an Accident Involving a Guardrail?

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

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