Baltimore, MD- If you rear-end a tractor-trailer or get pushed into one, there is just one thing keeping you from sliding under it, the rear underride guard. Those guards can stop a car from going underneath the carriage of a large truck and prevent a motorist from suffering a severe or fatal injury. However, rear underride guards aren’t foolproof and often fail because they are old, defective or too weak. Recent trucking accidents, including one in Maryland, show the dangers posed by inadequate underride guards.
Maryland Driver Seriously Injured After Sliding Under Tractor
On November 2, 2017, a man in a pickup truck was traveling on I-68 near Flintstone, Maryland when he rear-ended a disabled tractor-trailer. His vehicle slid under the rear, trapping him inside. It took emergency crews close to an hour to free the victim from the wreckage.
The accident occurred around 5:00 p.m. in the westbound lanes, forcing police to close the road for a few hours as they investigated and cleaned up the scene.
The Times-News reports that the victim was airlifted to a nearby hospital in serious condition.
The victim in the I-68 crash was fortunate; another Maryland resident wasn’t so lucky when he rear-ended a jackknifed tractor-trailer in upstate New York this past July. The 50-year-old Ellicott City man slid underneath the truck and was fatally injured.
Those are just two recent crashes in which an underride guard failed to keep a motorist from going under a large commercial truck. WUSA 9 in Maryland recently investigated nationwide truck accidents involving underride guards and found that between September 7 and November 18, there were 23 crashes in 18 states. Those accidents resulted in 22 deaths and several serious injuries.
Advocates Push for Tougher Underride Guard Standards
Following underride crashes like the one in Maryland, trucking safety advocates renewed their pledge to fight for stronger guard requirements. In October, two mothers who lost children in underride accidents, spoke before Congress to push for stronger trucking safety regulations.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety agrees that the rules for underride guards are not enough to prevent horrific rear-end accidents. In a past study, the IIHS found that under current standards for underride guards, a car traveling just 35 mph (far lower than average highway speeds) could slide under a truck.
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