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ET-Plus guardrails, manufactured by Trinity, Inc. and installed on roadways nationwide, have recently been at the center of a scandal involving fraud committed on regulators and lethal collisions. Recently, testing has begun to determine whether fixes made to ET-Plus guardrails will enable them operate safely. However, problems already have been reported with the testing.

According to a recent WSPA.com report, a researcher at the University of Birmingham recently spoke up about what he see as problems with the way Trinity is conducting its testing. In particular, Trinity does not appear to be re-producing the conditions that appear to lead to the guardrails failure. The Birmingham researcher claims that the guardrails fail when impacted at a low-angle. It is this low-angle that is currently being omitted from the ET-Plus tests. The National Traffic and Highway Safety Association has said that there has of yet been no “verifiable data” connect the guardrail failures to low-angle impacts. Notably, the low angle impact appears to be the most common kind of crash. So far, two of the tests conducted by Trinity appear to show that the guardrails are functioning as intended.

In October, a jury verdict was obtained against ET-Plus for modifying its guardrails without informing and seeking the approval of Federal regulators. As consumers, we depend on the safety of the products around us. If you have been injured by defective safety equipment or any other product, you may be seeking relief. Contact our Guardrail Injury Lawyers today for you free consultation.


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 24-year-old California man was killed in a crash in the North San Francisco Bay Area when his vehicle collided with a guardrail system that has been blamed for injuries and deaths throughout the United States.

At this time, it is unknown why the man crashed into the guardrail. What is known is that experts believe he may have survived if it were not for the type of guardrail he struck.

According to a guardrail maker that sued Trinity Industries, the maker of the product that is under fire in many states, the man should have survived.

The ET-Plus guardrail system is not banned in California, however, 39 other states have taken action. Rather than acting as it should in the event of an accident, the ET-Plus system has the potential to send the guardrail beam through the vehicle.

Federal authorities are requiring Trinity Industries to submit the guardrail to additional crash safety testing.

This is yet another story of a person who may have survived an accident if the ET-Plus guardrail system had done its job.

In the event that a person is injured or killed in such an accident, the end result is often times a lawsuit against the manufacturer.

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

Georgia is falling in line with many other states that have announced its intentions to stop installing the potentially dangerous ET-Plus guardrail system manufactured by Trinity.

Georgia - Guardrail Injury LawyerAccording to the Georgia Department of Transportation, the state will stop installing these guardrails until new crash test results are released.

Even though the guardrail is meant to absorb energy in the event of an accident, some experts believe it can malfunction, thus leading to the guardrail piercing through the vehicle.

According to a local report by Channel 2, a man was killed when he was a passenger in a vehicle involved in an accident on Interstate 285. It is believed that the guardrail went through a rear door and eventually struck him in the back of the head.

Georgia is a bit behind the rest of the country when it comes to guardrail safety, with the state still using a type of guardrail that federal officials recommended be removed more than 15 years ago.

This time around, it appears that Georgia is getting serious about the problem at hand. Until additional test results are released by the manufacturer of the ET-Plus guardrail system, the state will cease installation.

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

We drive past them virtually every day without thinking much about them. Indeed, highway guardrails are part of our periphery, something we don’t much ponder until something terrible happens. But for those of us unfortunate enough to land in an accident on a highway, these guardrails often play critical roles in how the crash plays out. Trinity Industries, a manufacturer of guardrails on highways all across the country, has come under fire recently.

How Should Guardrails Act in a Collision?

The end terminal, or guardrail head, is usually striped, painted yellow and black. 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.

Trinity ET-Plus Design Flaw

Unfortunately, the Trinity Industries guardrails have been malfunctioning. Instead of those side rails peeling away, they have reportedly sliced right through cars. This malfunction has resulted in needless injuries (including amputations) and even some fatalities. The lawsuit against Trinity Industries argues that a 2005 redesign of these guardrail heads went unreported to federal regulators. The redesign is said to have saved the manufacturer about $2 per head.

As the investigation into this matter continues to unfold, accident victims across the country will watch to see if the malfunctioning guardrail head was indeed the result of the cheaper redesign. Trinity Industries will have a lot to answer for if this is indeed the case.

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

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