Trinity Guardrails

Dallas-based Trinity Industries manufactures and sells a guardrail end terminal known as the ET Plus. The end terminal (pictured below) is meant to blunt the impact of cars that crash headlong into a guardrail without deflecting the vehicle back into traffic.

In 2014, it came to light that Trinity had saved themselves approximately $50,000 per year by changing dimensions of the ET-Plus in 2005 without informing the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) first. The new, cheaper design was never tested for safety. These cost-cutting alterations caused the units to malfunction and turned them into a danger to the driving public.

Instead of absorbing the shock of a car in a collision, the malfunctioning end terminal on the guardrail freezes up so the guardrail no longer bends away from the colliding vehicle, but enters the car like a deadly dagger, frequently spearing the occupants of the vehicle. Depending on the weight of the vehicle the guardrail will enter the car either from the side door or the front of the car.

Since the FHWA and the federal government have no authority to force Trinity to recall the dangerous guardrail end terminals it is up to individual states to remove them from the roadways. As of today, some states have banned further installation of the system. However, most states still have these hazardous products on their highways.

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If you have been catastrophically injured or lost a loved one as the result of a guardrail impaling your vehicle in a collision it could be due to the negligence of the manufacturer of the guardrail. In these cases, we have the experience and expertise to determine the cause of the malfunction in the guardrail and make sure that you and your family are justly compensated for your loss. At the Law Offices of Thomas P. Willingham, P.C. we have successfully litigated many accidents of this nature resulting in millions of dollars in compensation to our clients. Call the Law Offices of Thomas P. Willingham, P.C. at 205-298-1011 or email us to schedule your free initial consultation today.

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