A lawsuit filed by Virginia’s attorney general against a Texas company essentially accuses the company of taking a mile after being offered an inch.

Virginia’s top lawyer says the state is a victim of a fraud perpetrated against its taxpayers.

Every work day Eric Alfredson from Chesterfield hits the road with hopes of safe travels on Virginia’s busy highways and byways.  “Seventy-eight mile commute each way — 40,000 miles a year,” said Alfredson, who was filling his car with gas in Chesterfield Thursday.  “I think to myself if I hit that thing, what’s going to happen?”

He was taking about the protective barrier attached to the guardrail that’s supposed to keep him, and you, safe.

If a car strikes an ET-Plus guard rail head-on, it’s supposed to allow the impact to essentially peel away the guard rail.

But the Commonwealth contends they’re faulty and instead of peeling, they sometimes impale cars instead, causing serious bodily harm or even death to drivers.

“It sounds a little terrifying,” said Karie Stuart, who had stopped at a gas station on Courthouse Road in Chesterfield, when I mentioned the Virginia lawsuit.

http://wtvr.com/2014/12/11/lawsuit-alleges-texas-companys-guardrails-put-virginia-drivers-at-risk-of-death/

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“It is shocking that a company would think they could secretly modify a safety device in a way that may actually pose a threat to Virginia motorists,” Herring said in a statement.

Herring was referring to several modifications made to the end of Trinity’s guardrail system, at a piece called the end terminal, in 2005 — changes that were not disclosed to federal or state transportation officials until years later. The modified version of the guardrail end terminal, called the ET-Plus, was the subject of an ABC News investigation in September that looked into gruesome injuries and deaths that critics blamed on the modified guardrail.

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If you were in a collision with a guardrail and believe that the guardrail may have caused additional damage, you may deserve additional compensation.

Call us at 888-375-0505 and learn how we can get you the compensation you are due. There are no upfront costs, so there is no risk or obligation for you.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/virginia-sues-guardrail-maker-fraud-amid-urgent-safety/story?id=27544480

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Testing underway on safety of controversial guardrail

December 16, 2014

The Federal Highway Administration told Trinity Industries, the nation’s largest guardrail maker, to conduct new crash testing on the ET-Plus guardrail. This ordered testing comes after the company lost a federal lawsuit last month. A whistleblower and competitor, Josh Harman, sued the company alleging they shortened the length of the popular ET-Plus guardrail heads to […]

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Company Denied Its Guardrails Turned Into Spears. Meanwhile, Was It Making a Quiet Fix?

December 12, 2014

First came the car-impaling guardrails. Then came the coverup. That, at least, is the assertion of two guardrail-industry professionals, a claim that suggests the confusion over U.S. roadside safety may run deeper than previously reported. Their statements, if borne out, cast additional doubt on a top guardrail maker, raise new questions about the effectiveness of […]

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Highway Guardrails Are Deadly Spears on Impact, Says Whistleblower

December 12, 2014

To hear Harman tell it, something has gone seriously wrong with America’s guardrails. With as much as $1 billion possibly at stake, Harman’s tale is one of bad blood, allegations of fraud and wrongful death and regulatory gray areas along the country’s taxpayer-funded highways. Joshua Harman points to Darius Williams’ Nissan Sentra in the junkyard. […]

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Federal Judge Orders Trinity Industries into Mediation

November 19, 2014

A recent story in the New York Times about A federal judge ordering Trinity Industries into mediation following the verdict that found them guilty of fraud for failing to report changes to their ET-Plus guardrail system. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/29/business/judge-orders-mediation-in-guardrail-lawsuit.html

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The President of Trinity Accused of Intimidating a Witness and Tampering with Evidence.

November 19, 2014

Here’s a news story out of Denver on ABC about the recent mistrial in the whistleblower trial against Trinity, the manufacturer of the controversial guardrail that has been involved in numerous serious injuries. The president of Trinity has been accused of intimidating a witness and tampering with evidence. http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/trinity-highway-guardrail-lawsuit-judge-rules-mistrial-in-case-cites-possible-witness-tampering_

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Nevada Department of Transportation to Remove Trinity ET-Plus Guardrails

November 19, 2014

In response to the recent evidence that Trinity, the manufacturer of the ET-Plus guardrail, intentionally altered the guardrail without proper testing or notifying the NHTSA, the Nevada Department of Transportation has started to remove the controversial guardrails from their highways. http://www.wptv.com/news/local-news/investigations/nevada-department-of-transportation-removes-trinity-et-plus-guardrail-from-approved-product-list

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A Texas Jury has Found Trinity Industries Guilty of Fraud.

November 19, 2014

A Texas jury has found Trinity Industries guilty of fraud. The jury awarded $175 million dollars, which will be tripled to $525 million under federal law. The money will be split by Joshua Harden, the whistle-blower who filed the claim under the False Claims Act and the US Treasury. The charge was that Trinity altered […]

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