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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.

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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

The Ohio Department of Transportation came under the microscope amidst a flurry of controversy around ET-PLUS guardrails, manufactured by Dallas-based Trinity Highway Products. The agency recently joined the list of 35 states in removing the ET-PLUS from their list of approved products, following a federal investigation. This does not constitute a plan for removing existing guardrails from Ohio highways, and appears at odds with rhetoric coming from the ODOT.

The entire controversy began in 2012, when manufacturer Trinity Highway Products was sued by a whistleblower guardrail installer. The whistleblower claimed that Trinity made changes to their ET-PLUS without consulting the federal government or conducting required tests. These changes reportedly came in 2005.  A jury found Trinity guilty in October 2014, and damages continue to mount.

The changes had potentially unforeseen consequences, according to a study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Headed by Dr. Kevin Schrum, researchers compared data from the ET-PLUS against the previous ET-2000, using Missouri and Ohio as sources. The study found that the ET-PLUS put drivers at a higher risk in the event of a collision. In Ohio alone, there were 60 “deadly and serious injury” crashes, five of which resulted in death. Four of those involved the ET-PLUS guardrail end.

FOX19 Cincinnati investigation revealed that ODOT director Jerry Wray has “no evidence” of any malfunctions with the ET-PLUS guardrail end terminal. This is clearly contrary to the findings of the study, and indeed an ODOT spokesman said the data did not exist.

The Federal Highway Administration ordered Trinity to submit a plan for performing new crash tests for the ET-PLUS by October 31st. It is not yet known whether Trinity agreed to perform the tests or when they will.

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

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.

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