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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

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

The last of eight crash tests of the ET-Plus guardrail has finished, with a report due to the public in the coming weeks. One expert, however, claims that the final test proves just how dangerous the ET-Plus can be. In fact, the expert claims, the test may have indeed failed the eighth test.

In a video of the crash test obtained by 13newsnow.com, the guardrail clearly punctures the driver’s side door of the colliding vehicle. Had a person been behind the wheel in an accident such as this, they would have been severely injured or killed. The large dent protrudes severely into the car, a scary image for anyone who has ever been involved in an accident. It’s easy to see just how dangerous this crash situation would have been for the driver, and how the ET-Plus negatively affected the collision.

Trinity Industries, the manufacturing company behind the ET-Plus, claims the first four crash tests in the series of eight passed with flying colors. These results, however, may not paint an accurate picture of how every ET-Plus reacts in crash scenarios. The terminals used in the tests have come under scrutiny after it was announced the ET-Plus guardrails used in the tests came from a warehouse – not from an actual road or highway. Rumor also has it that there are design differences between the models being tested and the models currently in use on roads throughout the country.

With crash test results due next month, the nation will be watching to see the fate of the ET-Plus.

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

Testing of Trinity’s controversial guardrail system, known as the ET-Plus, continued last week. Despite the fact that the Federal Highway Administration is overseeing the tests, some, including two United States senators, feel that they should be more rigorous.

Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y. and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. wrote a letter to the Federal Highway Administration expressing their concern, stating that the agency “failed to answer many of the questions we have raised.”

Trinity maintains that its guardrail system is safe, while others disagree. Late last year, a federal whistle-blower case found Trinity guilty of defrauding the government by not making the Federal Highway Administration aware of a design change.

According to a Times Argus article,  the letter went on to add the following:

“It is critical that testing now underway use the most credible and up-to-date methodology.”

It is safe to assume that most people agree with the two senators, as this is a concern that needs to be addressed in the most accurate manner possible.

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

An independent review of the Trinity Guardrail safety study has found flaws in the methodology of the research and in the conclusions drawn by the study. The review, commissioned by the Federal Highway Administration, questioned the methods of the study, since it excludes minor crashes and looks solely at high-speed, high-volume highways. The study also fails to account for variables like speed limit and road conditions.

The study was originally released in October, causing dozens of states across the country to ban or suspend the installation of the ET-Plus guardrail end terminal. Conducted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the study found that the ET-Plus was four times more likely than previous models to be involved in a deadly crash. The study’s findings seemed to back up the reports that cars of accident victims were being speared by the ET-Plus on impact, often severing limbs and causing fatal injuries. But the independent review of the study calls the results “inappropriate” and “questionable.” Ultimately, experts say, the University of Alabama study may not paint an accurate representation of how the ET-Plus functions.

The review of the study comes on the heels of lawmakers pushing for stricter crash testing to determine the future of the guardrail end terminal on our country’s roads. The FHWA recently publicly called for information on accidents involving the ET-Plus. Continued crash tests will reveal if the ET-Plus is indeed acting as designed or malfunctioning, but thus far, the guardrail head has held up to expected safety standards.

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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