Loose Under-Ride Guard Regulations To Blame For Numerous Truck Accidents

by | February 13th, 2013

February 13, 2013

Numbers from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows that around 400 motorists die annually as a result of under-ride truck accidents. A story from FOX 8 News recently discussed these accidents and what is being done to curb the problem.

Under-ride accidents occur when a vehicle slides underneath the trailer of a big rig during a collision. One such Ohio Truck Accident claimed the life of a 68-year-old Cleveland woman recently. Reports indicate that as the woman was driving down the Ohio Turnpike, she lost control of her vehicle and collided with a tractor-trailer. The impact of the accident ricocheted her vehicle off the big rig, where it then slid underneath another tractor-trailer.

Laws currently state that tractor-trailers are required to have a metal bar that goes across the back of a truck and is known as an under-ride guard; however, loose standards in the law and a lack of compliance create a serious hazard in the event of an accident. An investigation showed numerous trucks either didn’t have under-ride guards or were equipped with a guard that was so corroded it would do little, if anything, to prevent a serious accident from occurring.

The Cleveland Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy are hopeful lawmakers will work to stiffen the regulations and penalties overseeing this vital piece of equipment in an effort to better protect motorists from the dangers of under-ride truck accidents.