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Underride Guards Underperform in Protecting Passenger Vehicle Occupants in Accidents

by Mark A. J. Fassold on 04/01/2013

Most 18-wheelers now come with truck underride guards that prevent the front portion of a passenger vehicle from sliding under the tractor-trailer in the event of a rear ender accident.  However, these guards do not perform at the same level in every type of accident.  A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds that in cases where the car hits the far edge of the truck, the underride guards may fail, with devastating consequences.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash test found that in those cases where the car struck the back of the 18-wheeler right in the center, the underride guards performed very well in protecting the occupants of the vehicle, and preventing the front portion of the car from slipping under the tractor-trailer.  Similar success was also found in those cases where 50% of the car’s width was involved in a crash with the back of the truck.

However, in those cases where the car struck the far outer edge of the tractor-trailer, the results were entirely different.  In such cases, the underride guards almost completely failed to protect the passenger vehicle's occupants, and the front end of the car slid under the truck with devastating results.  According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety researchers, in a real-world accident like this, there's no chance that the occupants of the passenger vehicle would have survived. 

What San Antonio truck accident lawyers find very worrying about this is that most truck-car rear-ender accidents involve a car striking the far outer edge of the tractor-trailer, leading to serious or fatal injuries for the occupants of the car.

Tags: Trucking Accidents, Automobile Accidents

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