A Tennessee man has filed a lawsuit against Trinity Highway Products, LLC, alleging that its ET-Plus guardrail system caused the death of his mother in a 2008 traffic accident.
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What’s the Problem?
April 28, 2015 – The son of Sabrena Carrier is the plaintiff in a lawsuit that claims a Trinity guardrail failed because of a design flaw when his mother’s SUV collided with an end terminal in December 2008 on Highway 394 near Blountville, Tennessee.
Instead of ribboning out and absorbing the impact of the vehicle, the “guardrail did in fact penetrate the passenger compartment, striking Ms. Carrier’s torso and causing her to suffer serious and fatal injuries,” according to the lawsuit. Crash scene photos show the guardrail punctured through the driver’s seat into the back of the passenger compartment.
Carrier died later that day at Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was survived by her 14 year-old son, mother and fiancée.
Since 2000, Trinity has sold thousands of guardrail products to states around the country. However, in 2005, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) says Trinity made a secret design change to its ET Plus end terminal by narrowing a metal channel behind the end plate. FHWA said the company failed to disclose this information to its customers.
A federal court ruled that Trinity committed fraud by not revealing that it had made the design change, and Mark Herring, Attorney General of Virginia, filed a lawsuit against the company demanding that it remove and replace the modified ET Plus End Terminals.
“They need to comply with the rules,” Herring said. “Trinity needs to be the one to be financially responsible for any harm. One of my goals is to make sure taxpayers aren’t left holding the bag.”
As a result of these problems, FHWA ordered Trinity to conduct new crash tests on the modified guardrail end terminal. Last month, the government announced the devices had passed all 8 safety tests. FHWA says it is continuing to look at the data and is assessing the “scale and scope” of a survey of crash data involving all end terminals, including Trinity’s ET Plus.
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