Trinity Industries is in the middle of a series of eight tests that could determine the future of the company, as well as its commonly used guardrail system.
The Federal Highway Administration ordered the tests amid safety concerns expressed by more than 30 states throughout the country.
According to the Federal Highway Administration Associate Administrator for Safety, everything went as planned with the first test. However, there are many others to follow with a report on the findings expected sometime next month.
Virginia is one state that refuses to sit back and wait for the results. Instead, the Virginia Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Trinity Industries.
In a statement, the attorney general said:
“Trinity had an obligation to test and seek approval for its equipment, but instead, they sold the Commonwealth thousands of unapproved products that had not been properly tested to ensure they would keep motorists safe.”
There are many reports of the guardrail system injuring or killing a person in the event of a head on collision, due to a product defect.
If a person is injured in such an accident, they may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney regarding their rights.