Rear End Truck Collisions
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We’re all careful, as we shop for new vehicles, to consider the safety and crashworthiness of our cars, trucks, and SUV’s. But no matter how safe your vehicle is, the absence of certain equipment on trucks sharing our roadways and inadequate regulations can quickly turn some protective aspects of your own vehicle useless.
“Underride standards haven’t kept pace with improvements in passenger vehicle crashworthiness. Absent regulation, there’s little incentive for manufacturers to improve underride countermeasures.” – Adrian Lund, President of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
At the Carlson Law Firm, our truck accident attorneys advocate for injured clients and the family members of those killed, providing hope to those whose lives have been forever changed by the inadequacies of trucking manufacturers and companies, faulty regulations and negligent drivers.
Despite the adoption of more stringent regulations within the trucking industry, developed to decrease the severity of 18-wheeler truck accidents and accompanying injuries and fatalities, hazards still exist, making the drivers of smaller passengers vulnerable.
Tractor Trailer Regulations and Requirements
When a smaller vehicle collides with the rear or side of a big rig or an 18-wheeler, the roof of a car is sometimes completely ripped off, leaving occupants at risk of enduring serious head injuries, neck injuries and injuries to their torso, spine, and back. Sometimes the results of truck underride accidents are fatal, leaving family and friends to deal with the tragic loss of a loved one.
Despite improved regulations regarding underride guards on big rigs, recent data highlights the importance of continued safety efforts and requirements. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), new statistics and information gathered in recent analysis reveal that underride guards on 18 wheeler trucks sometimes fail, even in low-speed collisions between tractor-trailers and passenger vehicles.
Rear End Truck Collisions And Rear Underride Guards
When an underride guard fails, the drivers and passengers of smaller vehicles are at risk of experiencing serious injuries as the impact of a rear-end collision crushes the car, smashing it into the occupants’ space. In addition to inadequate underride guards, that may not be doing enough to protect occupants during a rear-end collision with a tractor-trailer; some underride guards are completely absent from 18-wheeler trucks.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), as many as 423 people occupying passenger vehicles are killed every year as a result of rear-end collisions with large tracks. In addition, NHTSA adds, more than 5,000 drivers and passengers are injured each year when their vehicle strikes the rear of a truck. While statistics surrounding truck accidents are sobering, they also highlight some of the preventable dangers that could reduce the instance of serious injuries and fatalities tied to 18-wheeler truck accidents if close attention is paid to truck equipment. Continued improvement to a vital piece of truck equipment, like the underride guard, has the potential to save lives.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed in an 18-wheeler accident, call our truck accident attorneys today for a free consultation.
Our team of experienced accident attorneys, professional medical consultants, private investigators and caring staff will immediately begin gathering evidence to help you uncover answers to some of the questions surrounding your accident or the fatal car accident of a loved one while seeking just compensation for your injuries and loss.
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
Don’t let another moment pass without an experienced advocate on your side to protect your rights and fight for your recovery. Contact us for a free consultation with an 18-wheeler accident lawyer- we serve accident victims and their families statewide, nationwide and abroad.
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