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07/02/2018

When Safety Guardrails Become Dangerous

Written by Ashley

Recently, guardrail malfunctions have produced catastrophic and deadly consequences and have been the cause of many personal injury lawsuits and wrongful death cases.  Designed to prevent vehicles from leaving the roadway and veering into potentially more dangerous territory these guardrail systems are supposed to protect vehicles and their occupants.

Trinity ET-Plus Guardrail

One particular brand at the center of these cases is the ET-Plus guard rail system, manufactured by Trinity Industries.  Several personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits claim that Trinity Industries made size reductions  without the federal government’s knowledge.  They also claim that they did not conduct important crash tests and chose instead to save money on materials.

In 2015, a federal appeals court overturned a judgment that would have forced Trinity Industries to pay $663 million because of their failure to disclose the product changes before selling.  However, in September of 2017, a federal appeals court in New Orleans overturned this ruling. The ruling does not affect product liability claims against Trinity.

Guardrail accidents can cause catastrophic injuries, loss of limbs, brain injuries and even death.  These horrible occurrences take their toll on both victims and their caregivers emotionally, physically, and financially. Medical expenses can quickly pile up, effecting quality of life.

Do I Have a Guardrail Injury Lawsuit?

VB Attorneys is accepting guardrail induced injury cases. If you or someone you know was injured by a defective highway guardrail contact us immediately for a free case consultation.

Ashley

07/02/2018

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