U.S. Launches Criminal Investigation Into Trinity Guardrails

Trinity guardrail accident attorneys note a Bloomberg Business article reporting on a criminal investigation launched by the U.S. Justice Department over a Trinity Industries highway guardrail system that has been linked to at least eight fatalities. The investigation follows more than 12 months of scrutiny for Trinity from states and in lawsuits over the performance of its ET-Plus guardrail system, a product intended to absorb the impact of vehicles that crash into it head-on.

If you were injured, or a loved one killed, in an accident involving a Trinity guardrail, contact Attorney Group for more information about your options. We can answer your questions, and if you have a case, we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process. The time to pursue a claim is limited, so contact us today.

Federal Investigators Looking into Relationship Between Trinity and Government Officials

ET-Plus system reportedly passed a series of crash tests conducted by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and concluded in January 2015, although engineering experts subsequently disputed the results of those tests. According to the Bloomberg report, federal investigators from a public corruption and special prosecutions unit of the Justice Department are now interviewing potential witnesses about issues including Trinity’s relationship with the FHWA. Previous news reports have looked at the increase of Trinity political contributions in the wake of guardrail lawsuits.

In October 2014, a Texas jury in a whistleblower lawsuit brought against Trinity by found that the company had cheated taxpayers of more than $175 million by altering a specific part of the ET-Plus system in 2005 without notifying the FHWA. The plaintiffs claimed that those alterations were intended as a cost-cutting measure and caused the device to malfunction by making it prone to seizing up and impaling vehicles and their occupants instead of absorbing the shock of a collision.

Injured by a Guardrail? Seek Legal Counsel.

Those injured or who have had loved ones killed in an accident involving a highway guardrail are encouraged to seek legal counsel from an experienced Trinity guardrail lawsuit attorney who can help you pursue compensation for medical bills or expenses, lost wages, vehicular damage, pain and suffering, or rehabilitation costs due to permanent or debilitating injuries. Family members who are grieving the loss of a loved one may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of their loved one and recover damages for their loss.

The Time to Pursue a Claim is Limited. Contact Us Today.

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident involving a Trinity Guardrail, contact Attorney Group today. In a free, confidential and no-obligation consultation, we can answer your questions. If you have a case, we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled. The time to pursue a claim is limited, so contact us today.