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Munley Law urges motorist to slow down as school children return to the classroom

school-crossingMillions of students are returning to the classrooms this month, which means extra care must be taken for all who are driving motor vehicles. With the start of the new school year comes increased traffic on area roads, and also an increased risk of accidents.

Drivers must be aware at all time, especially when near school zones and along bus routes. Watch for children walking on sidewalks, in parking lots and crossing streets, they can be unpredictable. AAA estimates that 55 million children across the country are returning to school this fall, warning drivers to be especially vigilant for pedestrians before and after school hours.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the highest percentage (42%) of fatalities among pedestrians under 15 occurred between 4p.m. and 8p.m. The NHTSA reports that 23 million students nationwide ride on a school bus, but the greatest risk is approaching or leaving the bus. The danger zone is 10-feet in front of the bus, 10-feet behind, and 10-feet on each side. Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is preparing to stop for loading or unloading children, so drivers should slow down and prepare to stop.

Here are tips from the personal injury lawyers at Munley Law for safe driving near school zones and in the vicinity of school buses:

• Be aware of school buses and children at all times when driving near a school or bus stop.
• It illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.
• Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign arm on a bus is a signal that children are getting on or off the bus.
• Never pass a school bus on the right, even if you think it is parked, it is illegal and could have tragic consequences.
• Watch as students get off a bus or are walking, they may quickly change direction, walk out from between cars, or dart out into the street.
• Remember that the 10-foot area around a school bus presents the greatest risk for children being hit.
• Pay close attention to crossing guards.
• Don’t drive distracted – pay attention to the road at all times.
• Obey the posted speed limit at all times.
• Be patient. Expect extra traffic during peak bus times, plan ahead and give yourself extra time.

Many pedestrian accidents can be prevented when drivers slow down and pay attention. Every parent wants their child to arrive and return safely from school, and that requires motorists to be attentive around school buses and school zones. The Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers encourage you to drive safely today and always.

The personal injury lawyers at Munley Law have been fighting for clients for over five decades. They are experts in car, truck, bus and pedestrian accidents, representing clients throughout Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. If you need a lawyer to fight for you, you need Munley Law. For more information, visit www.munley.com.

Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer says seat belts can save lives

Buckle_UpWearing a seat belt can help save your life. According to the Just Drive Pa, a seat belt increases your chances of surviving a crash by 60 percent. Seat belt usage rose to 87 percent nationally in 2013, which sounds great, but means that although 184.4 million people are wearing seatbelt, 27.5 million still are not.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA), there are several demographic groups that have a lower seat belt rate than others. These groups include 16- to 24-year-olds, African Americans, males, and drivers who are alone in the vehicle. Research also showed that 67 percent of the pickup truck drivers killed in crashes were not buckled up.

The NHTSA released the following startling statistics regarding age and seat belt use. The numbers reflect occupants killed who were completely unrestrained at the time of the crash.
• 3 in 5 young occupants, 21 to 24
• 3 in 5 teen occupants, 13 to 15
• 1 in 2 young tweens, 8 to 12
• 2 in 5 children, 4 to 7

Safe Kids Worldwide surveyed 1,000 teenagers about their seatbelt use, and a quarter said they don’t buckle up every time for a variety of reasons. Some said they simply forgot, while others said they didn’t feel they needed to because they weren’t going far. The survey also found that many parents of the teens do not buckle up.

Of the 21,667 motor vehicle occupants who died in crashes in 2012, more than half (52%) were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, according to the 2012 Occupant Protection Traffic Safety Fact Sheet. Last year in Pennsylvania, 425 people died in unrestrained crashes statewide, according to Just Drive PA. More motorists seem to drive unrestrained at night, as 61% of those killed in nighttime crashes were unrestrained compared to 43% killed during the daytime.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), seat belts prevent drivers and passengers from being ejected during a crash. People not wearing a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during a crash. The NHTSA found that of all passenger vehicle occupants ejected from their vehicles in crashes, 79% suffered fatal injuries.

In the past five years, the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved nearly 63,000 lives, according to NHTSA statistics. Remember, seat belts should be worn on every trip, no matter how short. Many people believe that if they are not going far or traveling fast, that seat belts aren’t necessary, and that is simply not true. Most fatal crashes happen within 25 miles from home and at speeds of less than 40 mph.

As a driver, you need to make sure everyone is bucked up, including rear-seat passengers. Ensure children are in the proper restraint system for their age and weight, and that all children under 13 are properly restrained in the back seat. Set a good example for your children and others by buckling up at all times, and have a conversation with your teens and children of all ages about the importance of bucking up.

The Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers at Munley Law specialize in car and truck accidents. We can fight for you and your family. Contact Munley Law today to schedule a free consultation. Call 855-866-5529 or visit www.munley.com.

Many admit to distracted driving although they know it is risky behavior

Caroline MunleyA Harris poll of more than 2,000 adults earlier this summer revealed that although more than nine in ten Americans believe sending and reading texts while driving is dangerous, 45% of those surveyed said they still do it. Among those surveyed with smartphones or tablets, over one-third said they use the devices to search things while driving.

Despite knowing that talking on a cell phone is also dangerous when driving, 74% of those surveyed said they do talk on their cell phones when driving. They admitted to other distracting behaviors as well, such as grooming, posting to Facebook or Twitter, and some admit having read a book or magazine or watched a video on a smartphone while driving.

USA Today reported that about 660,000 drivers in the US are using handhold cellphones while driving at any moment. This number has steadily increased since 2010, according to the National Occupant Protection Use Survey.

Accidents as a result of distracted driving can often be fatal. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show that 3,328 people died in distracted driving crashes in 2012 and 421,000 people were injured. The NHTSA reported that 71% of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes were male. Additionally, 57% of the distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes were driving in the daytime.

Distracted driving is any behavior that can divert a drivers attention away from driving, even for just a moment. Distractions can include cell phone use, eating or drinking, talking to other passengers in the vehicle, reading, grooming, using navigational systems, and adjusting radios among others.

According to the website distraction.gov, 10% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. A recent AAA Foundation in-car study found that teen drivers were distracted almost a quarter of the time they were behind the wheel. Electronic devices, such as texting, emails and downloading music, were among the biggest distractions.

53% of teens that reported talking on a phone while driving, said they were chatting with their parents, according to a study presented this month at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention in Washington. The researchers in the new study found that the proportion of teens that reported using cell phones while driving has risen dramatically in recent years, despite publicity about the dangers.

The personal injury lawyers at Munley Law encourage adults to set a good example for their teens:
• Don’t talk on a cell phone or text while you are driving.
• If you must call your teen, don’t call when you know they are driving. If it is an emergency, call them and ask them to pull over into a safe spot and call you back.
• Set rules for your teens regarding distracted driving and talk openly about the importance of following the rules and the tragic accidents that can happen if they don’t.

If you have been injured as a result of a distracted driver, the Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers at Munley Law can help you get the compensation you deserve. Visit www.munley.com.

Kids and pets left in hot cars can have tragic ending

RTA_9958Leaving a child unattended in a vehicle on a hot summer day can lead to heatstroke and can kill in minutes. The Department of Earth & Climate Sciences at San Francisco State University reported that there have already been 21 child deaths this year due to heatstroke from being left in a hot vehicle.

Tragedy can strike when parents or caregivers forget or knowingly leave children or pets in hot vehicles. It can also occur when unattended children play in parked vehicles. A car can heat up by 20 degrees in just ten minutes. Even with temps in the 60s, the interior of a car can eventually heat up above 110 degrees. A child will die of heatstroke when their body temperature reaches 107 degrees, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The issue of child heatstroke deaths reached national attention in June when a father in Atlanta said he forgot his son in the car seat while he was at work all day. The 22-month old boy died after many hours trapped in the vehicle. The father faces charges of murder and child cruelty.

Many more cases have been reported this summer. The Washington Post reported that a father in Sarasota, Florida said he left is 2-year-old daughter inside his vehicle while he ran inside his home to grab a phone charger. He fell asleep inside the house, leaving the toddler in a hot car for five hours. The child died and the father faces manslaughter charges. Earlier this month in Utah, an 11-month-old-girl, died after being accidentally left in a car by her mother.

Hot, parked cars are also deathtraps for dogs that are left alone. Last month a woman left her dog in a Walmart parking lot in Florida as she spent most of the day shopping in the store. Another customer found the dog dead of heat exhaustion as a result of the high temperatures in the vehicle. Earlier this summer in Phoenix, a dog died after having been left in a closed vehicle in a mall parking lot. Because dogs have built-in fur coats and can coal themselves only by panting, they can succumb to heatstroke in just 15 minutes and can suffer brain damage or die as a result, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Child and pet heatstroke deaths are becoming a common occurrence that is totally preventable. Safety tips provided by the NHTSA to prevent vehicle-related heatstroke deaths include the following:

• Never leave a child or pet unattended in a vehicle, even if the windows are partially open or the engine running and the air conditioning is on.
• Make a habit of looking in the vehicle, front and back, before locking the door and walking away.
• Ask the childcare provider to call if the child doesn’t show up as expected.
• Do things to serve as reminders that a child is in the vehicle, such as placing your cellphone, purse or briefcase in the back seat to ensure a child is not accidentally left in the back of a vehicle.
• Teach children that a vehicle is not a play area and store keys out of a child’s reach.
• If you see a child alone in a vehicle, you should call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. If the child is in distress, do whatever is necessary to get him or her out.

PETA recommends that if you notice a dog locked in a car on a hot day, check with businesses nearby for the owner. If no owner appears, call the police or local shelter. If the dog appears to be in distress, find help immediately.

The personal injury lawyers at Munley Law handle all types of personal injury cases, including truck, auto or bus accidents; medical malpractice, work injury; product or premises liability and car recall cases. We serve client in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. For more information, visit www.munley.com.

GM issues more recalls for safety issues

imagesGeneral Motors issued six more recalls on Friday totaling more than 312,000 vehicles. The recalls put GM’s total for the year to 66 recalls of just over 29 million cars and trucks.

Friday’s recalls included more than 215,000 Saturn Vue SUVs, 2002 through 2004 model years for an ignition key cylinder problem, saying the keys can be removed when the ignitions are not in the off position and the engine is still running. The problem has been linked two crashes. GM has discontinued this vehicle and the Saturn brand.

Other GM U.S. recalls that were announced Friday include:

• 2013 Cadillac ATS four-door sedans and 2013 Buick Encores in the U.S. for an issue with front seat belt pretensioner cables.
• 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala sedans for a problem with the front console storage compartment latch opening in a rear crash.
• 2009-2010 Chevrolet Aveo and 2008 Pontiac G3 cars because brake fluid may not protect key components against corrosion, weakening brake response.
• 2014 Chevrolet Sparks for a problem with the lower control arm bolts.

GM also recalled a third group of SUVs last week to fix a fire hazard problem. If door switches are exposed to liquid, the circuit boards inside can short circuit overheat and even catch fire. This fire hazard was disclosed in documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to the International Business Times, the NHTSA and GM received at least 242 complaints, including 28 fires. Affected vehicles include 2006 and 2007 Buick Rainer, 2006 and 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT, 2006 and 2007 GMC Envoy, 2006 GMC Envoy XL, 2006 and 2007 Isuzu Motors Ltd.

GM tried to fix the circuit problem on two separate occasions by putting a protective coating around the boards that control the power locks and window switches, which cost less than replacing the switches. After the coating was installed, GM was still receiving complaints that the fix wasn’t working. GM is telling owners of these vehicles to keep their vehicles parked outside rather than in garages until they can be fixed.

All of these recalls come on the heels of the massive GM recall of vehicles for ignition switch defects. The Wall Street Journal reported that in the first eight days of GMs compensation program related to the ignition switch problem, the company received about 120 claims, more than half of which involved deaths allegedly linked to GM cars that were recalled early this year to fix an ignition switch defect.

If you have been injured in a car accident that was the result of a problem with a Chevy Cobalt or another GM vehicle, contact Marion Munley and the Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers at Munley Law at 855-866-5529

Personal injury Lawyer warns drunk driving a factor in one-third of traffic fatalities

dont drinkA 2014 national drunk driving enforcement crackdown called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” goes into effect across the country from August 13 to September 1. Drunk driving is one of the deadliest and most often committed crimes. Although it is preventable, it has become a serious epidemic in our country.

The New York Daily News reported that just last week, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s mother and cousin were hit head on by a drunk driver. Luckily both survived the horrific collision. Every day in America 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes. In 2012, there were 10,322 fatalities in crashes involving a drunk driver, 31% of the total traffic fatalities for the year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). There were nearly 300,000 drunk-driving related injuries that same year.

1,168 children age 14 and younger were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2012. The NHTSA reported that 20 percent of those fatalities occurred as a result of drunk-driving crashes. The NHTSA also reported that of all of the children who died in drunk driving crashes, 54% were riding with the drunk driver.

Statistics released from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) that came from a 2012 FBI Crime Report, stated that each day, people drive drunk almost 300,000 times, but fewer than 4,000 are arrested. Results from a National Survey on Drug Use and Health released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that the rate of drunk driving is highest among 21 to 25 year olds (23.4 percent).

What can you do to help prevent drunk driving?

• Prior to drinking, designate a non-drinking driver.
• Don’t let your friends or others drive impaired. Take their keys.
• If you have been drinking and don’t have a designated driver, get a ride with someone who is sober or call a taxi.
• If you are hosting a party where alcohol will be served, remind guests to plan ahead and designate a driver. Offer plenty of alcohol-free beverages and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver.

The nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown, which begins next week, will include high-visibility enforcement supported by a national media campaign. According to the NHTSA, this promotion was designed to curb drunk driving throughout the high-accident period of August and through the Labor Day holiday weekend. In 2012, 147 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes over Labor Day weekend. Federal officials believe that increasing state and local enforcement efforts, raising public awareness, education, and social media use can make a difference to save more lives on roadways by reducing the number of alcohol impaired drivers. According to reports, past drive sober campaigns have resulted in a 20 percent decrease nationwide in alcohol-related crash fatalities.

If you have been involved in an accident with a drunk driver or another accident, call the Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers at Munley Law. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Call 855-866-5529 or visit www.munley.com.

Department of Transportation proposes new rules to protect bus passengers in rollover crashes

James Christopher MunleyThe U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) just proposed a new federal safety standard to protect passengers in motorcoaches and other large busses in the event of a rollover crash.

The new standard focuses on improvements to the structural design of large busses to ensure passengers are better protected and that there is ample space around them that remains intact and that the emergency exits remain operable in the event of a rollover.

750 million people travel by motorcoach each year, with 65 percent of travelers being students and senior citizens. A study by the U.S. Department of Transportation that was reported in their Motorcoach Safety Action Plan found that driver fatigue, vehicle rollover, occupant ejection, and operator maintenance issues contribute to the majority of motorcoach crashes, fatalities and injuries.

According to the D.O.T., rollovers were a contributor to 52% of the bus and motorcoach fatalities from 1999 to 2008. Passenger ejection during rollover was a major contributor to the fatality numbers, accounting for nearly half. One of the action items mentioned in the safety report was to evaluate and develop roof crush performance requirements to enhance structural integrity. Another was to develop performance requirements and to assess the safety benefits for stability control systems on motorcoaches to reduce rollover events.

The new safety standard proposed by the NHTSA would establish performance requirements that each new motorcoach and large bus must meet when subjected to a test in which the bus is tipped over from a raised platform onto a hard level service. The new standard would:

• Require space around occupant seating positions to be maintained as a survivable space in the event of a crash;
• Require the seats, overhead luggage racks, and window glazing to remain attached to their mountings; and
• Require emergency exits to remain closed during the rollover test and operable after the test.

The D.O.T. is also planning on finalizing requirements later this year for stability control technologies in motorcoaches and buses, which would prevent rollovers from occurring. In a statement released about the new standards, the NHTSA said that stronger bus structures, combined with seat belt use would help keep passengers secured and protected in the event of a crash.

The Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers at Munley Law encourage you to make safety a top priority when booking your next motorcoach or bus trip by checking the following safety-related items before selecting a carrier:
• Safety performance history
• Safety rating
• Operating authority and insurance requirements
• Consumer complaints

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) also provides a free Saferbus mobile app, which can be downloaded by IPhone and Android users.

If you have been in an accident involving a bus, either as a passenger in a bus or in a vehicle involved in a bus accident, call the personal injury lawyers at Munley Law. The attorneys at Munley Law have extensive experience in bus accident cases, and have successfully fought against some of the largest bus companies in the country. Visit www.munley.com for more information.

Trucker Falsified Logbook in Fatal I-55 Chain Reaction Crash

Daniel MunleyA tractor-trailer driver that was involved in a chain reaction crash that left four people dead and four others injured last month is being held on $1 million bail and was charged with falsifying a logbook and willful violation of a logbook. He was also cited for speeding.

According to Illinois State Police, the driver was not following posted construction site speed limit signs when he slammed into a car causing a chain reaction crash involving three vehicles and another tractor-trailer.

The truck crashed into the vehicles that were stopped in traffic in a construction zone at 2:17 p.m. the driver stated that he started work around 6-6:30 a.m., when he actually started work at about 2:30 a.m., meaning that he had been behind the wheel of his semi for almost 12 hours when the accident occurred. It was reported that witnesses at the scene said the truck failed to slow down for the stopped vehicles.

Federal hours-of-service rules limit truckers from driving more than 11 of the 14 consecutive hours they work. They are required to take a ten-hour break before driving again. The goal of these rules is to prevent fatigue-related accidents, which may have played a role in this accident on I-55.

Falsification of logbooks has been a chronic problem in the trucking industry. When state police pull trucks over for routine safety inspection, they review the logbooks, which are usually just written in paper book. The main problem is that a handwritten logbook can be easily falsified. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is currently proposing a rule that would require all truckers to use electronic logs in an effort to reduce falsification of logbooks and also address coercion of drivers to break the law.

According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, under the slow-moving federal rule-making process, mandatory e-logs are more than two years away. The article also stated that making sure truckers comply with limitations on their hours of service is largely an honor system that relies heavily on roadside spot checks for verification.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2012, there were 104,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks, an increase of 18 percent from 88,000 in 2011. Of these people injured in 2012, 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles that were involved in crashes with the trucks. The states with the highest percentage of fatal truck crashes in 2012 were Texas, California, Florida and Pennsylvania.

The NHTSA also reported that in 2012, large trucks were more likely to be involved in a fatal multiple-vehicle crash as opposed to a fatal single-vehicle crash than were passenger vehicles (81% of fatal crashes involving large trucks are multiple-vehicle crashes, compared with 58% for fatal crashes involving passenger vehicles).

The personal injury lawyers at Munley Law have successfully represented hundreds of trucking accident victims in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. If you have been injured in an accident involving a truck, choose carefully, choose Munley Law. For more information or for a free consultation, visit www.munley.com.

Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer warns of dangerous driving days

contactus_buttonAugust is the most dangerous month of the year, seeing more crashes than any other month. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) believes that more drivers tend to be out during the month of August, as well as for longer periods of time. The summer overall sees a high number of accidents, with more teens on the road over summer break, motorists traveling to family vacations and weekend getaways. This is also combined with more drivers on the road who have consumed alcohol. The summer is time when everyone should be very cautious when hitting the road.

There are over 33,000 people killed in traffic crashes in the U.S. each year, and nearly 2.5 million injured. According to the NHTSA, Saturday is the most dangerous day of the week to be driving. There are several reasons that we see so many accidents on Saturdays, including more traffic on our roadways with weekend travelers and also more drunk drivers, which is a major contributor to accidents.

The National Safety Commission states that rush hour, between the hours of 5p.m. and 7p.m., is one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. The roads are crowded during this time period with motorists in a hurry to get home from work, causing a higher number of accidents during this time period. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), an average of 6.6 people are killed between the hours of 5p.m. and 6p.m and another 6.6 between the hours of 6p.m. and 7p.m. The hours between midnight and 4pm can also be risky, due again to dangerous drinking and driving during that takes place during that time period.

The best way to survive rush hour traffic is to stay alert. It is easy to become inattentive when traveling the same route every day. Rush hour usually entails traffic starting and stopping quickly, so it is bet to be alert to what other drivers are doing, so you can react quickly to sudden changes in the traffic pattern. Be prepared for sudden stops and slow downs, and also cars changing lanes quickly. Try to avoid tailgating; it’s the number one cause of rush hour collisions. If you keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, it will be easier to avoid an accident.

What can you do to stay safer while driving during the summer?
• Avoid distractions. Don’t talk on your cell phone or text while driving, even if it’s hands free. If you need to make a call, wait for a safe area to pull over. Don’t try to program your GPS while driving. Don’t eat while driving.
• Rest to avoid fatigue. Schedule time for frequent breaks to stretch, snack and focus.
• Buckle up. Make sure you and everyone in your vehicle is buckled up and that children are in the proper car seats.
• Plan your trip ahead of time. Expect delays, roadwork and detours.
• Prepare you vehicle. Check fluids, tires, etc.

If you have been injured in a car accident, contact the Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers at Munley Law for a free consultation. Call 855-866-5529 or visit www.munley.com.

Judge declares mistrial in Trinity guardrail lawsuit case

A federal judge in Texas declared a mistrial in the possible billion-dollar whistleblower lawsuit involving guardrails that are found on many of our nation’s highways.

The whistleblower and former industry business owner, Joshua Harman, filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the American public claiming that Trinity guardrails, the ET-Plus model, are dangerous and deadly. The lawsuit contends that the guardrails were never properly tested or properly approved by the government. Allegation against Trinity Industries Inc., one of the biggest guardrail makers in the U.S., include that the highway guardrail systems are a deadly hazard that can spear cars on impact.

According to Bloomberg News, Trinity first gained federal approval for its ET-Plus end terminal in 2000. Harman’s suit alleges that the company changed the dimensions of the ET-Plus sometime between 2002 and 2005 without telling federal authorities. Apparently, Trinity modified an energy-absorbing end terminal, a steel mechanism that is mounted on the end of a guardrail. Instead of acting like a shock absorber, the lawsuit claims that Trinity’s modified ET-Plus can lock up, behaving more like a giant shiv.

There are at least nine personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits pending against the company. The mistrial was called after allegations of witness tampering were lodged against the president of Trinity Highway products. The mistrial was declared less than a week into the trial.

According to ABC News, Trinity guardrails are installed throughout the country in all 50 states. The whistleblower said that there have been hundreds of accidents that resulted in more harm as a result of the guardrail.

Another victim suing Trinity is Jay Traylor, a motorist who lost both legs as the result of an accident in which he hit a Trinity guardrail. Traylor is one of the many who’ve sued, claiming Trinity made the design changes to the guardrail system and as a result, the terminal no longer functions as a safety device, but rather is impaling vehicles, causing serious injury and death.

Others are asking questions about the safety of the guardrails as well. According to Bloomberg News, a coalition of state highway officials is reviewing the performance of several end terminal models, motivated in part by complaints about the ET-Plus. The state of Nevada stopped installing ET-Plus terminals earlier this year, pending performance testing of the modified version.

Safety Research & Strategies Inc., a product-safety advocacy group filed separate suits seeking records related to the ET-Plus from the Department of Transportations Federal Highway Administration and from the Florida Department of Transportation. The group alleges broad “performance anomalies” with the ET-Plus since it was introduced.

If you have been injured in a car or truck accident the personal injury lawyers at Munley Law can help. We’ve represented thousands of accident victims and their families in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. Call Munley Law today for a free consultation. Call 855-866-5529