Paramedics preparing a stretcher for a wounded accident victim

Jackson, MS- A Mississippi man is lucky to be alive after he was involved in a collision with semi-truck in Simpson County, approximately miles south of Jackson.

Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Henry told WJTV that the semi-truck which has just stopped at a weigh station and was merging onto Highway 49 when the accident occurred.

WMC Action News 5 reports that the driver of an SUV struck the tractor-trailer on the left side causing him get trapped. Emergency crews had to use the jaws-of-life to extricate the man. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Action News 5 reports that the truck driver was cited for failure to yield.

The truck involved in his particular accident was carrying oversized load.

This accident brings up an important safety issue that most motorists never give a second thought: underride guards. These guards can be seen on the rear or tractor-trailers, but most motorist have no idea what they are or why commercial trucks have them. Underride guards are metal bars that extend from the rear of large commercial trucks and are supposed to prevent cars from sliding underneath the truck, which, in many incidents, can be deadly.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has long required commercial trucks to have these guards on the rear. But that is not a fool proof way to prevent such accidents since many trucks are outfitted with underride guards that are made of cheap materials, ones that are rusty or failing and are completely incapable of keeping a car from sliding underneath a tractor-trailer.

If your devastating crash is caused by a defective underride guard and could have been prevented, USAttorneys suggest you contact a truck accident attorney near you and set up a time to discuss the details of your accident. We have accomplished and accredited injury attorneys in Jackson who specialize in helping victims of truck accidents get just compensation for pain and anguish.

Underride guards may minimize the impact of a rear-end crash, but happens with a side-impact crash? What will keep a motorist from going under a truck at the side? Currently, there is no federal requirement for commercial trucks to have side underride guards, so this safety equipment which has to potential to save hundreds of lives each year, is optional. The NHTSA is working to make side underride guards a requirement but the agency is experiencing a great deal of backlash from the trucking industry, so there is no telling if this important safety measure will ever become a reality.

Truck accidents happen for a variety of reasons and in most instances, a passenger vehicle driver is to blame. That isn’t to say that all truck drivers are innocent; there are many occasions in which a truck driver’s negligent actions lead to an accident. Those actions can include driving while distracted, fatigued driving or failing to maintain their truck and safety equipment. When a truck driver or trucking company is fault for your accident, you need legal representation right away. A truck accident attorney near your Mississippi location to get started on your case.