What happens when safety equipment is found to be defective? And who is held liable for any damages and replacing the faulty units?
These are questions Virginia officials are looking into after discovering guardrails along the commonwealth’s roads may be putting drivers at serious risk of harm. The action was taken after motorists were injured in two Virginia car accidents involving the guardrails.
The design of the guardrail end caps from the manufacturer, Trinity Highway Products LLC, was approved by the Virginia officials. However, it has come to light that the manufacturer shortened the end caps after the approval was made. The Roanoke Times reports that the end caps to fail to “give” when struck, which can cause vehicle occupants to be impaled.
In response to these discoveries, Virginia has filed a lawsuit against Trinity alleging violations of the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act. The commonwealth claims Trinity wrongfully accepted payment from state tax dollars for a product that was knowingly inferior to approved specifications.
At Skolrood Law Firm, we are aware of the dangers faulty equipment can pose. That’s why our Roanoke personal injury lawyers are hopeful a decision in this case will help provide Virginians with proper highway safety equipment.
If you’ve been injured by a faulty guardrail, you may be entitled to compensation. Give our legal team a call to discuss your case today—just dial (866) 215-8065 .