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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.

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

Vermont - Stops Us of ET-Plus GuardrailFollowing an investigation conducted by ABC Investigates, guardrails across the country are being scrutinized for safety standards. Now, Vermont’s Department of Transportation has taken the guardrails in question off its approved list of materials. This means that the ET-Plus guardrail head, manufactured by Trinity Industries, will no longer be installed on Vermont highways. In addition, according to mychamplainvalley.com, the Vermont Department of Transportation will inspect each guardrail currently on the road to review performance and safety.

Highway guardrails act as safety mechanisms to lessen the impact of colliding vehicles by peeling away and slowing the crash to a stop. This particular model of guardrail has allegedly malfunctioned, piercing the vehicles and often leading to injuries and fatalities. Some victims have even lost limbs in accidents where this model of guardrail was involved.

The Trinity Industries guardrails appear on highways nation-wide. I applaud Vermont for taking the initiative to prevent more of these unsafe materials on our roads. As this investigation continues, I expect more and more states to follow in Vermont’s lead. The Federal Highway Administration is working to help test the safety of such guardrails, but until this unsafe product is off the road, there will likely to continue to be accidents worsened by the malfunction.

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