The underride trucking accident — where a car rear-ends a truck and slides underneath — is almost always serious, usually fatal. But they don’t have to be that way.
Federal motor carrier regualtions require most trailers to have rear impact guards to prevent just this type of underride accident. But a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that those regulations aren’t strong enough because they don’t protect drivers in even moderate wrecks.
You need to watch the embedded video from ABC News about the study because the video showing the difference between tests involving trucks with the American standard and trucks with the more strict Canadian standard are stunning. The Canadian standard is just much safer.
Sadly, many victims don’t understand that they have a potential claim in this situation. But when the safety fuard doesn’t wark as designed, the occupants of the vehicle may have a claim (even if the wreck was the fault of the car’s driver) against the trucking company and against the manufacturer of the guard. If you or a loved one is injured in one of these types of wrecks, call us or some other attorney to investigate your rights.
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