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Tennessee will spend $4.3 million to remove dangerous X-Lite guardrails from their roads. The decision to remove and replace more than 1,800 guardrail end terminals comes on the heels of several fatal accidents involving the safety devices. Four people have died in such crashes in the last year in Tennessee. But it’s not just the Volunteer State that is having problems with the X-Lite guardrails – Virginia, too, is removing guardrail end terminals in counties across the Commonwealth.

The yellow and black striped end caps of guardrails are meant to prevent cars from being pierced by the sharp device. Unfortunately, though, the X-Lite hasn’t always performed as intended, sending accident victims to the hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries.

The decision to remove all the X-Lite guardrails throughout the state of Tennessee is unprecedented. Though fatal guardrail wrecks have occurred throughout the country, only Tennessee has gone forward with plans to remove these road hazards. We applaud their Department of Transportation for putting their citizen’s safety first. The price tag to install the guardrail end terminals was hefty to begin with – it cost about $3.6 million to purchase and install the devices. Now, the state will spend even more to remove and replace the X-Lite guardrail end terminals.

Though the product is approved for use by the Federal Highway Administration, more and more states are taking matters into their own hands to prevent fatal guardrail accidents. We can only hope that Tennessee leading by example will set a precedent for other states to follow.

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We expect the roads we drive on to be safe. With our tax dollars at work, we expect everything from the pavement below us to the signs above us to be thoroughly researched and crafted with safety in mind. But recent fatal guardrail accidents are calling into question the way our government oversees our roads and the materials used to protect drivers. 

Guardrail accidents in Virginia, Ohio, Tennessee and Missouri have ended tragically for victims who run into the end terminals. In such accidents, the guardrail failed to act as it was designed to do. Guardrails are meant to fold under the pressure of a colliding vehicle, slowing down a car careening off the side of the road and bringing it to a relatively safe spot. Instead, these guardrails are impaling vehicles and the drivers and passengers inside. 

So just who is in charge of ensuring these devices work as intended? Many times, safety tests of guardrails are conducted by the companies who create and sell the guardrails – not the government itself. Too often, the guardrails aren’t truly put to the test until a real accident occurs. One safety advocate compared the situation to foxes guarding hen houses.

Without proper government oversight, the guardrail industry is unlikely to change. Taxpayers deserve safe devices on the roads they pay for, and the current guardrail options are simply unacceptable. Though there have been some victories for the families of victims – one guardrail manufacturer was ordered to pay $663 million after a jury found them guilty of fraud – more needs to change.

Virginia’s crash testing of the controversial ET-Plus guardrail has begun in California. The tests, conducted by a neutral third party testing facility called KARCO, will help determine the fate of the ET-Plus on Commonwealth roads and highways. But officials from Trinity Industries – the company behind the guardrail in question – walked out of the first day of testing after calling the crash tests “clearly flawed.”

The tests were ordered by the Virginia Department of Transportation in spite of the federal tests conducted earlier this year that show the ET-Plus passing. Many critics were skeptical of one of the eight federal tests, claiming that it should ultimately have been ruled a failure. Critics also worry that an older model of the ET-Plus was used for the federal tests, not the controversial model with design changes.

Though VDOT has allowed news cameras to film the tests, Trinity has accused them of being not being transparent enough. KARCO allowed Trinity two hours to inspect the test setup, and even granted them an additional hour to go over the procedures. The first test has been completed, but VDOT will not be commenting about the results until all testing is complete in early October.

Ultimately, VDOT representatives told ABCNews, these tests are designed with the safety of Virginian motorists safe. Trinity Industries may reject the results and even challenge the science behind the tests, but whatever the outcome, state officials will be more knowledgeable about the ET-Plus and the way it functions on our roads.

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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

Texas-based Trinity Industries, Inc. has been ordered by a federal judge to by $663 million in a judgement from a case last October. The judgment comes as a result of Trinity Industries failing to notify the government of a small, but significant change to their ET-Plus guardrail product that rendered the design unsafe.

ABC 13 News Now reports that the company will also face another lawsuit from a Virginia-based competitor to the tune of $199 million.

The case began when whistleblower Joshua Harman – a guardrail installer – revealed the design change. According to Harman, parts of the guardrail were modified as a cost-saving measure. This resulted in the guardrail, specifically the head, failing to crumple on impact with a vehicle. As a result, the rigid guardrail could impale a vehicle and injure or kill its occupants. The claim applied specifically to the company’s ET-Plus model.

Harman is not alone in scrutiny of the ET-Plus. The Virginia Department of Transportation followed 29 other states in removing the ET-Plus from their list of approved products. As of March, the VDOT was working to remove the ET-Plus guardrails installed around the state and replace them with properly functioning models.

Trinity Industries says that the judgment should be thrown out. In a statement, the company said that “the evidence clearly shows that no fraud was committed” and that “the trial court made significant errors in applying the federal law to Mr. Harman’s allegations and, therefore, the judgment is erroneous and should be reversed in its entirety.”

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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

Testing of the controversial Trinity guardrail system continues in San Antonio, Texas.

On Thursday, January 15, 2015, the fifth of eight scheduled crash tests was completed. The Federal Highway Administration requested the series of tests after reports that the ET-Plus guardrail system was faulty, thus leading to injuries in the event of a collision.

During the most recent test at the Southwest Research Institute, a pickup truck, traveling at 62 miles per hour, was crashed into a potentially faulty guardrail. While the results were not immediately available, it is safe to say that when all eight tests are complete more information will be released.

The sixth test is scheduled for Friday, January 16, 2015.

Trinity believes its guardrail system is 100 percent safe, while others are not as sure. The Federal Highway Administration has stepped in to answer this question once and for all. However, until the remainder of the tests are complete, the waiting game continues.

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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