The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently issued a press release regarding their proposed rulemaking on improved rear impact protection for trailers and semitrailers. Their plans include to upgrade the Federal motor vehicle safety standards that address underride protection for light-vehicles in crashes to the rear of trailers and semitrailers. The recent proposed rule could have a huge impact and actually improve trailer and semitrailer crash safety by enhancing underride protection and visibility of single unit trucks.
What is an underride truck accident? These occur when a car, usually a passenger occupant vehicle, hits the rear of a large truck and slides underneath it. Commercial trucks are much taller than passenger occupant vehicles, so underride accidents are more common that you may think. If a car gets trapped under a semi truck, the passenger compartment can become compromised, which in turn places the lives of those inside at an increased risk for catastrophic injuries or death.
As it is now, most large trucks have rear impact guards in place to help prevent underride crashes, but the proposed rule will require semis to be equipped with more robust guards. These new impact guards are anticipated to significantly reduce the risk of death or injury to passenger occupants involved in crashes with tractor trailers.
Semi trucks, tractor trailers and other commercial trucks are much larger and heavier than smaller passenger vehicles like cars, minivans, SUVs and light trucks. For drivers and passengers in these smaller cars, a crash involving a large truck can have devastating results. Underride accidents are especially dangerous for occupants in smaller cars and trucks.
If you or a family member have been harmed in a large truck accident in Spring Hill, Brooksville or the surrounding area, a Hernando County Truck Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help. Call us today at 352-666-2121 or contact us online for a free consultation.