Man Tragically Dies Due to the Collapse of an Underride Guard in West Palm Beach, Florida
WEST PALM BEACH, FL – According to an online news report at palmbeachpost.com, the collapse of an underride guard, intended to save motorists’ lives, caused a 39-year-old man to tragically die in an accident.*
The man’s car skidded due to heavy rain that caused slick road conditions. Soon thereafter, he hit into a flat-bed truck that had a collapsed underride guard, causing him to tragically die in the crash His attorneys note that the bed of the truck hit the passenger side of the man’s vehicle, causing his instantaneous death.
The man’s family is seeking damages for the wrongful death of the man. Specifically, they are suing for an undisclosed amount in damages against the guard’s manufacturer, the company that owned the truck, the company that installed it, and the dealership that sold it.
According to the man’s family attorney, “[h]ad the underride guard been properly installed, instead of with these cheap Chinese bolts, my guy would be alive today.”
The parties who are facing the wrongful death suit have not issued a comment on the deadly accident.
Issues surrounding underride guards are not new. Since 2017, a senator, along with lawmakers, have been pushing a bill that would increase the standards of underride guards on trucks as well as require yearly inspections on the devices that have been required to be installed on large trucks for over 60 years.
“Hundreds of individuals across the nation are lost to underride collisions every year, with Florida unfortunately ranking among the top states for reported fatalities,” said the senator when he re-introduced the Stop Underrides Act.
The driver of the truck, a male, had been stopped at a traffic light on Boynton Beach Boulevard at Industrial Drive, per the local police. The deceased man was traveling behind the trucker’s vehicle. Due to heavy rain, the man’s car did not stop and instead, hydroplaned, causing him to strike the back of the truck. Had the underride guard been installed correctly, the man’s vehicle would have bounced off of the truck, per the family’s attorney.
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