Could Putting Guardrails on 18 Wheelers Prevent Deadly Wrecks?

Posted on June 2, 2017 at 12:00pm by

Truck accident attorney handling semi, 18 wheeler, tractor trailer and commercial trucking crashes in South JerseyThe Press of Atlantic City recently published an article about whether making side guardrails on 18 wheelers mandatory would help prevent deadly car crashes.

How Would Putting Guardrails on 18 Wheelers Prevent Fatal Accidents?

While federal law already requires 18 wheelers to have rear underride guardrails. Rear underride guards prevent cars from going underneath a truck’s trailer if there is a rear-end crash. However, there is no federal law requiring trucks to have side underride guards, which are mounted on the side of the trailer between the front and rear tires to prevent cars from going underneath the trailer during a side-impact wreck.

According to The Press of Atlantic City report, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) believes that trucks with side guardrails are less at risk of being involved in fatal accidents. The IIHS says that side underride guards could prevent hundreds of deadly wrecks each year. Per IIHS data, there were 301 occupants of cars killed when the vehicle they were riding in hit the side of a truck’s trailer in the US in 2015.

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