Sussex, DE- Trucking safety has improved by leaps and bounds over the past few decades, but there are still some lapses that lead to thousands of truck accident injuries and deaths each year. One aspect of trucking safety that could prevent is requiring side underride guards on tractor-trailers.
Underride guards are on the rear of the all tractor-trailers in the U.S. and are supposed to keep cars from sliding underneath a truck when a rear-end collision occurs. But the safety advocates, including the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Trucking Safety Council (TSC), would like tougher regulations for rear underride guards and side underride guards.
In two separate studies, the IIHS found that most rear underride guards don’t protect all motorists. In rear impact collisions, the institute found that a motorists is more likely to slid under the rear of a tractor-trailer if the impact of a rear-end collision is to the left or right of the underride guard center. When a weaker rear underride guard is being employed, the windshield of a passenger vehicle becomes the point if impact, making a crash more deadly.
Side underride guards could also save the lives of thousands of accident victims and keep a vehicle from sliding under the side of a tractor-trailer or other large commercial truck, which is as equally deadly as going under the rear these large trucks. Side underride guards are standard in Europe and Canada, but they are not required on American trucks. That is something trucking safety advocates would like to change in Delaware and the nation as a whole.
The IIHS estimates, based on 2011 data, that side underride guards and stronger rear underride guards would prevent close to 250 truck accident deaths and 5,000 each year. Because lives could be saved, the IIHS along with the Trucking Safety Council lobbied the NHTSA to consider changes underride guard regulations. The IIHS has previously suggested that tractor-trailers be outfitted with underride guards that run along the side of commercial trucks.
Unfortunately, the IIHS’s and TSC’s lobbying efforts didn’t make traction this year and improved underride guard regulations were not part of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s 2015 safety wish list. The federal agency that oversees the trucking industry did have two proposals that could reduce deadly accidents: speed limiters and electronic log books.
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