A crash test revealed that the ET-Plus guardrails along the roadways might
post more of a safety risk than a precaution. Virginia State funded several
tests on the guardrails, which cost about $250, 000. The federal government
gave these tests a passing grade. However, the focus has shifted to two
other tests— shallow angle tests. These showed that the cars were
hitting the guardrails at an angle.
The guardrails have been at the focus of many injury claims, as well as
wrongful death cases. Replacing guardrails damaged from an accident can
cost anywhere between $5, 000 to $7, 000. Virginia State will be banning
the installation of any future guardrails.
Lawsuits Filed Due to Guardrails
Many lawsuits allege that the guardrails are piercing vehicles at an angle,
rather than yielding to the impact. The vehicle’s passengers then
become impaled by the guardrails.
Some of the most prominent cases have included the following:
- Attorney General sued Trinity in November 2014, claiming that there were
designed changes made that had not been approved, causing the guardrails
to act as a spear
- Trinity was sued in federal court, on the basis of “fraudulent cover-up”
and “deceptive trade practices”
personal injury and
wrongful death lawsuits were filed in October 2015 by families of victims involved in
Trinity, the makers and manufacturers of the ET-Plus guardrails, stands
by their products, stating that they have always ensured that their guardrails
have always been up to the federal standard. There is question about the
reliability of the tests backed by Virginia, especially concerning the
shallow angle tests, which was not required by the federal government.
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