In every year from 2005 to 2015—the most recent year for which data is available—more people in passenger cars died after hitting the side of tractor-trailers than they did when they struck the back of tractor trailers. Part of the reason for the discrepancy is that trucks are required to have rear underride guards but not side underride guards. That means that when a car hits the side of a truck the car may slide under the truck and that the resulting injuries from the truck accident can be catastrophic.
Could Side Underride Guards Prevent Injuries and Deaths?
Studies released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) say yes. One study found that injuries could be reduced in about 75% of side-impact collisions, also known as T-bone crashes, between cars and trucks if side underride guards were used. Accordingly the IIHS believes that federal regulations requiring side underride guards could be helpful in preventing serious injuries and fatalities.
Why T-Bone Truck Crashes Happen
While side underride guards may help prevent injuries and deaths, they will not prevent side impact accidents from occurring. T-bone crashes often occur when truckers are:
- In a rush and driving aggressively.
- Driving trucks that have defective brakes.
Any of these causes can result in a devastating side-impact crash that results in the injury or death of the passenger car driver or occupant.
What to Do After a Side-Impact Crash
If you have been hurt in a side-impact crash, then it is important for a full investigation to determine why the accident happened, who was at fault, and what damages you may legally recovery. Our experienced truck accident lawyers will make sure that all of the relevant evidence is gathered, that all of your rights are protected and that your fair recovery is secured. To find out more about how we can help you after this type of truck accident, please contact us online or call us directly at 800.800.5678.