Will motorists be safe if traffic comes to a halt suddenly and their car is behind a semi truck? Many people would assume that occupants in a passenger car would be fine after hitting the rear of a semi truck because of the underride guards a truck has; however, the answer may surprise you.
Although underride bars are in place on a truck to protect other motor vehicle occupants in the event of a crash, they have also been known to fail even at crash speeds as low as 30 or 35 mph. This is concerning to many motorists and to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).
In fact, the IIHS has been pushing the government for stronger semi truck underride guards since they conducted their own underride guard test after noticing a trend in underride accident fatalities. The IIHS performed a test on three different underride guards to find out why these guards were failing in auto accidents with semi trucks and to help prevent future fatal injuries from occurring.
Due to the poor test results, the IIHS is requesting that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) increase regulations requiring the manufacturers to strengthen the underride guards. Sadly, the IIHS and the public are still waiting an answer from NHTSA almost three years later.
Why Should Stronger Semi Truck Underride Guards Be in Place?
According to the statistics from the IIHS, about 5,000 people have been injured in underride crashes and more than 400 drivers and passengers have suffered fatal injuries in these types of accidents.
Additionally, standards for underride guards has not changed since the 1990s or kept up with crashworthiness. Simply stated, underride guards are just not strong enough to protect motorists in the event of a Northern Kentucky semi truck accident.
This information is unsettling, as inadequate underride guards permit passenger vehicles to slide under a truck’s trailer and get lodged. Until NHTSA calls for stricter standards to strengthen underride bars, more and more people may suffer fatal injuries in auto and semi truck crashes in Kentucky, Ohio, and throughout the nation.
If you have suffered an injury or have lost a loved one in an Ohio or Kentucky semi-truck accident caused by the failure of underride guards, you may be entitled to seek financial compensation for your injuries and damages. To find out more about your potential personal injury case, call a skilled Northern Kentucky semi truck accident attorney at the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy, & Johnson at 888-606-5297 today for a free, no-obligation consultation.