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Semi Truck Underride Guard Safety is Increasing

Steve Wagner

One of the major causes of death on our roadways today occurs when passenger vehicles rear end larger trucks and semis. When a car strikes the back end of a semi, without an underneath guard, the accidents are almost always fatal. Because of the height of semi trucks, many vehicles on the road slide into the underside of the trucks, resulting in maximum damage to the vehicle and its occupants.

Underride guards are the metal railings you may have noticed on many semis and larger trucks, and reports are showing that the newer models of these rails are beginning to make a dent in the amount of injuries and fatalities seen in these accidents.

Indiana-based Vanguard is developing these underguards and has been studying 35 mph crash tests for their underride guards. While previous models with a 50% overlap were much less than effective, they are implementing the newer 30% overlap underride guards that are allowing for much more crash space in the cabin of the vehicles, leaving headroom and largely preventing major injuries.

For the full report on these underride guards, and their implementation over the next few years, you can read the full report from Indiana’s RTV6 as well as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. We hope to continue to see these 30% overlap guards being installed and used by truck manufacturers, and we are supportive of further research to save lives on our roads!

If you have been injured in a truck accident, give the semi accident attorneys at Wagner Reese a call and let us help you get back on your feet, recover the damages you are owed, and get on the road to recovery. You can schedule a free consultation with us by calling (888) 204-8440.


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