Author: Scott D. Fitzgerald, Personal Injury Lawyer, Richmond VA
On September 17, 2012, Melton Tucker fell asleep at the wheel on his commute to work on Highway 81, outside of Dallas, Texas. His car drifted off the highway and collided with a guardrail. His Chevrolet Cruze struck the beginning piece of a guardrail, otherwise known as an end terminal or guardrail head. The guardrail came through the car and struck Tucker in the head, killing him instantly.
This accident and others like it have raised questions about the effectiveness of guardrail heads manufactured by Trinity Highway Products, based in Dallas. The ET-Plus, designed by Trinity, is one of the most common guardrail end terminals…