Trinity Guardrail

About Guardrails

Living in a bustling and busy city, we spend a good portion of our time in the car driving from place to place. We assume that the safety features put in place to protect us will, in fact, do their job and protect us. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case.

One provider of guardrail systems is Trinity Highway Products, producers of the highly controversial ET Plus System. This guardrail system was designed to be a "tangent, energy-absorbing guardrail end terminal system" consisting of three primary components, including an extruder head, the impact plate and the guide channels. In 2005, Trinity approved a reduction in the width of the ET Plus System from 5 to 4 inches, an "improvement" that ended up having deadly effects.

The change in the ET Plus System caused the guardrail to act like a spear impaling the car rather than bending when struck. The result has been devastating and has led to numerous horrific injuries and deaths.

If a manufacturer changes a guardrail design after the crash testing has occurred, there is little protection in place to ensure that the guardrail is a safe design. This is precisely what happened in the case of the ET Plus System.

Why Was The Width Reduced?

The big reasons were to save money and to make money. By reducing the width and requiring less material, Trinity was able to save $2 per terminal. When the terminals suffered an impact, they would no longer be usable, meaning that Trinity would also make money by selling additional terminals.

Call Us If You Have Been Hurt

If you or your loved one has been hurt by the ET Plus System, we can help you secure the full and fair compensation you deserve. Our attorneys have over 30 years of experience, and we are here to help you. Please call us in Houston at 713-352-7883 or 877-643-3099 toll free or email us to schedule a free and confidential consultation with an experienced attorney.