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A court in Texas has denied a motion to move the controversial Trinity Industries guardrail lawsuit to a courtroom in east Texas. That means the trial will instead be held right here in Norfolk. WAVY reports that a key guardrail crash occurred in Cape Charles. The key players who helped work the scene of the accident – the police, first responders – as well as the victims and witnesses are all located in the Hampton Roads area. Despite Trinity Industries’ Texas home base, it simply made more sense to hold the trial in Norfolk.

The accident at the heart of this lawsuit occurred in November of 2011. The driver fell asleep at the wheel before crashing into one of Trinity’s guardrails, the ET-Plus. Designed to peel away and bring a crashing car to a safe stop, the guardrail instead pierced the vehicle, spearing the front. The couple inside the car were seriously injured and lucky to make it out alive.

Though no one will argue that the car accident was caused by Trinity Industries, the lawsuit alleges that this collision should have been much less dangerous than it ultimately was. Had the ET-Plus acted in the appropriate manner, it would never have injured this couple as badly as it did. The lawsuit alleges that the company purposefully deceived the federal government by not revealing key changes to the device’s design.

Ultimately, a jury will decide whether or not to award the couple damages. Either way, Trinity Industries will be under fire yet again for their dangerous guardrail design.

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Claims that no fraud was committed by the guardrail manufacturer Trinity Industries fell on the deaf ears of a Virginia judge. After listening to more than an hour of arguments, the judge instead ruled that a lawsuit against Trinity could move forward, according to reports. This is just one of the many lawsuits Trinity is facing from around the country following malfunctions of their guardrail, the ET-Plus.

The ET-Plus has faced much scrutiny over the past year. Last October, a Texas jury found Trinity Industries had defrauded the federal government and the company was fined. Since then, nearly every state in the nation has blacklisted the device from installation. Unfortunately, though, thousands of the guardrail end terminals remain on roads across the country.

The dangerous ET-Plus currently in use on our roads has been known to pierce vehicles during collisions, rather than peel away from the car as intended. This malfunction has caused countless injuries and deaths over the years. Some victims have lost limbs in the accidents – the sharp metal guardrail has amputated feet and legs. Experts say that a small change in design by Trinity Industries made the product cheaper to manufacture but more likely to malfunction. The Virginia Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against Trinity to make sure the company – not Virginia taxpayers – are responsible for the cost of removing and replacing these dangerous safety devices.

While the case continues on, the Virginia Department of Transportation has not yet announced whether the ET-Plus devices on Commonwealth roads will be removed or replaced anytime soon.

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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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The Commonwealth of Virginia has become the first state to launch a lawsuit against dangerous guardrail maker Trinity Industries. The guardrail in question, the ET-Plus, is likely on thousands of Virginia roads and highways, though VDOT (Virginia Department of Transportation) admits they have not done a complete inventory of the product. VDOT has stopped installing the ET-Plus following the controversy over its safety issues.

The ET-Plus is designed to slow or stop cars involved in accidents from traveling further off the roadway. Ideally, they act like an accordion and crumple on impact. Sadly, the ET-Plus model has been known to pierce vehicles, spearing drivers and passengers inside. Some victims report amputated limbs, broken bones – some have even died in accidents involving the ET-Plus.

The safety device turned dangerous when federally unapproved changes were made to the design in 2005. By shortening a crucial metal piece on the guardrail from five inches to four, the function of the ET-Plus changed in a deadly way. Indeed, a Texas jury awarded the federal government and a whistleblower hundreds of millions of dollars after finding Trinity Industries had defrauded safety overseers. By not alerting regulators to the design changes, Trinity Industries risked the safety of millions of Americans.

Unfortunately, the future of the ET-Plus is not cut and dried. New safety tests have given the guardrail passing scores, approving the ET-Plus for installation across the country. Virginia’s lawsuit alleges that Trinity defrauded the Commonwealth by not revealing the design changes. The results of this case could mean the end of the dangerous ET-Plus on our roads.

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In the months following the controversy surrounding the ET-Plus guardrail end terminal, we’ve heard countless stories of people injured or killed when the guardrail malfunctions. Now, after the loss of their father, one Arizona family is striking back against the company that makes the ET-Plus, Trinity Industries. The family has filed a lawsuit against the company and the state transportation department, claiming that the guardrail was unsafe for the road.

When the family’s loved one got into an accident last April, the ET-Plus speared through his newspaper delivery truck’s front end, severing the man’s leg. Tragically, he did not survive this wreck. His family’s lawsuit alleges that the bolts of the guardrail “jammed” through the exit gate, which is why the guardrail malfunctioned.

This is far from the first lawsuit filed against the ET-Plus maker Trinity Industries. Indeed, the guardrail has caused the company lots of legal trouble. Last fall, a Texas jury found Trinity Industries guilty of defrauding the federal government by failing to report changes in design to regulators.

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No amount of money can ease the loss of a loved one, but compensation can make up some of the potential lifetime earnings an accident victim would have used to support his family. An experienced attorney can help families navigate the often confusing waters following a tragic accident like this one. We offer a free, no obligation, case evaluation – Get Help Now 877-544-5323