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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

A Delaware woman has been killed in a car accident involving a highway guardrail. According to philly.com, the woman, a front seat passenger, was riding with a friend when their car drifted off the road and into a guardrail. The front passenger side collided with the guardrail, which punctured the car and ejected the woman from the back windshield. Tragically, she was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car suffered injuries and was taken to the hospital.

This accident rings familiar to anyone keeping up with the Trinity Industries guardrail lawsuit. The suit alleged that the highway materials manufacturing company made a minor design change to the ET-Plus guardrail head without notifying federal regulators. The design change is said to cause the guardrail head to malfunction. In accidents with this particular design, guardrails pierce vehicles rather than fold backward accordion style.

Though it is not clear yet if the guardrail in this particular accident was an ET-Plus, it certainly sounds like the very problem Trinity Industries is trying to disprove with additional crash tests. As officials continue to investigate this accident, I expect we’ll learn more about how this guardrail affected the crash and whether or not it malfunctioned.

This young woman was just 22 years old, with her whole life ahead of her. If our nation’s highways are not up to the necessary safety standards, we need to remove these dangerous materials as soon as possible. Preventing another accident like this one should be a priority for transportation departments throughout the country.

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

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