Could Stricter Safety Standards Prevent Serious Injuries in a Cape Coral Truck Accident?

by Carmen Dellutri on May 8, 2013

Cape Coral accident attorneyDue to their sheer size, Cape Coral accidents involving large trucks often result in serious injuries. Some of the most deadly occur when a vehicle slides under the truck, often referred to as “underride.” In 2011, 260 of the 2,241 passenger vehicle occupants killed in large truck crashes died when the fronts of their vehicles struck the rears of trucks.

As explained by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), when a vehicle crashes into the back of a truck, the top of the occupant compartment gets crushed because the structures designed to absorb the energy of a crash are bypassed. The airbags and safety belts are also ineffective in these crashes, resulting in life-threatening head and neck injuries.

Due to these risks, U.S. safety standards require tractor-trailers to be equipped with special guards to protect vehicle occupants in the event of a crash. The steel bars hang from the backs of trailers and are designed to prevent the front of a passenger vehicle from moving underneath during a crash.

However, a recent IIHS study shows that vehicle passengers are still at risk during crashes occurring at the outer edges of trailers. In fact, only one out of the top eight best-selling trailers passed a crash test involving a 30 percent overlap crash.

Based on its recent findings, the IIHS is renewing its call for tougher underride prevention measures. It previously petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2011 for tougher standards and also asked the agency to consider applying the standards to other types of large trucks such as dump trucks that aren't required to have any underride guards.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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