Rear ending a semi-truck in a car can be extremely deadly, and the safety barriers preventing cars from sliding underneath are failing, according to a new study.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the size difference of trucks versus cars are extremely dangerous in the event of a rear-end car accident. More than 350 people are killed each year when their car strikes the back of a tractor-trailer. The collisions are especially deadly because cars can slide underneath trucks, crushing vehicles and the passengers inside.
Safety guards on the back of semi-trucks are put in place to prevent these fatal accidents, but many are failing, according to news tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
"Our tests show how easily some of these guards are failing at relatively moderate speeds," said a representative with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said to news reports.
The institute said it wants the government to require tougher standards on the safety guards and is calling on the government and the trucking industry to beef up the barriers.
As a Charleston car accident lawyer , I'm glad to see that there is some attention being paid to the dangers of higher bumpers on cars and trucks. I look forward to seeing more progress made on their safety.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact a personal injury lawyer in North Charleston.