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Side and Rear Underride Guards on 18-Wheeler Trucks Save Lives

April 07, 2020

USA- writes that underride protections are needed to protect people in cars from being involved in deadly collisions with trucks. Underride crashes are severe incidents in which a car or other smaller vehicle crashes beneath the trailer of a large truck. When this occurs, the results are gruesome because the sensors that tell airbags to deploy and the crumple zone of the car are bypassed, causing the impact to take place with the passenger and driver compartment in the vehicle.*

Rear underride guards are already used on trucks, and they have been successfully saving lives. More than 60 percent of truck manufacturers have developed rear underride guards that are successful at preventing crashes at 35 miles per hour. 

The National Transportation Safety Board has suggested several ways to strengthen and improve the protection provided by rear underride guards, as well as the benefits of requiring side protection and front guards to prevent underriding crashes. These added protections can save lives.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) writes that more than half of underride collisions affect the front of the truck, while more than one in five involves the rear, and one in five involves the side of the truck. 

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Category: Truck Accidents

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