“We need lower, safer, more energy-absorbing guards,” says Nancy Meulener. Nancy is a truck underride accident victim. Most people do not survive underride accidents – Nancy is one of the few – but she now lives with permanent disfigurement and disability.
One threat that big rigs pose to cars is the possibility of vehicles sliding under the trailers. To prevent this, trucking regulators require many commercial trucks to be equipped with rear and side guards or “underride guards.” However, when put to the test, these guards do little to protect vehicle occupants.
According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “rear underride was noted in about 75 percent of rear-end struck crashes where the striking vehicle was a light vehicle.” From 2008 to 2009, a research institute compiled data from rear end accidents involving large trucks and found that there were 934 fatalities. Underride occurred in 70 percent of those fatalities.
On average, these types of rear end accidents occur at a speed of 44mph. Crash tests have proven that rear guards on trucks can collapse when impacted at speeds of 35mph and sometimes even slower. The safety of rear guards on trucks has also been called into question. For many passenger vehicles with a lower front end, impact with a rear guard could mean decapitation.
Determining liability in underride accidents can be complicated, requiring extensive accident investigation and reconstruction. For this reason, claims and lawsuits can take a year and sometimes longer to resolve. If you or a loved one was involved in an underride or similar type of rear end accident with a large truck, our firm could step in and compile a strong case for your compensation.
Victims of big rig accidents could be entitled to compensation in the form of:
Contact Shook & Stone if you or someone you love has been injured in a serious accident with a truck. We handle all types of personal injury claims and lawsuits for plaintiffs. Our goal as a firm is to ensure that justice is served, and victims receive the full compensation that is due to them. To get in touch with our firm, you can call us at (888) 662-2013 or fill out a free case evaluation form.