Truck Under-Ride Accident Study Highlights Importance Of Crashworthiness
I saw an interesting piece on local television station WFTV that I thought might be interesting to share. The story had to do with a couple of recent tragic Central Florida road accident deaths that happened after cars crashed into the rear-end of semi tractor trailers. In each tragic accident the cars did what is called an “under-ride” – a situation where the car actually drives underneath the rear load of the truck. This typically results in catastrophic injuries (or death):
Under-ride accidents are an example of a concept known as crashworthiness. Crashworthiness describes the ability of a vehicle to withstand a crash, as well as to avoid causing additional or worse injuries to people involved in a crash.
In the case of semi-tractor trailers, it is understood that the trailers will from time-to-time be involved in rear-end accidents. It is also known that without some kind of under-ride guarding, occupants of cars could easily be decapitated. As a result, tractor trailers are expected to have a functional under-ride guard. The guard obviously won’t keep a collision from happening, but it can keep the injuries from becoming catastrophic.
As is evidenced by these recent accidents, there is some concern that current under-ride guards may be insufficient or inadequate. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently studying this issue.
If you have any questions about crashworthiness, or a Florida traffic accident, generally, please call Winter Park truck accident attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901.