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Truck underride crashes often lead to serious injuries, fatalities

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2024 | Blog, Trucking Accidents |

Truck underride crashes pose a danger to motorists on the road. Many of these crashes result in severe injuries and fatalities. These accidents occur when a smaller vehicle collides with the rear or side of a large truck and slides underneath its trailer. The impact can shear off the top of the vehicle or crush the passenger compartment, leading to catastrophic consequences.

Understanding the causes and consequences of truck underride crashes helps raise awareness about them. It also helps policymakers and trucking industry employers implement safety measures to prevent future tragedies.

Causes of truck underride crashes

Truck underride crashes can occur for many reasons. Some of these include driver error, poor visibility and inadequate safety equipment. Driver fatigue, distracted driving or aggressive maneuvers can increase the likelihood of a collision. Inadequate lighting or reflective markings on trucks can also make them less visible to other motorists, especially in low-light conditions or inclement weather. Poorly designed or maintained trailers may lack sufficient underride guards. This can further exacerbate the risk of underride crashes.

Consequences of truck underride crashes

The consequences of truck underride crashes are often devastating. Those in smaller vehicles often bear the brunt of the impact. The force of the collision can result in traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations and internal organ damage. In the worst-case scenario, these accidents can lead to fatalities, leaving families to cope with profound loss and grief. Despite advancements in vehicle safety technology, the inherent dangers of underride crashes persist, highlighting the need for additional safety measures.

PBS reports that more than 400 people died in truck underride crashes in 2021. Heightened awareness, improved visibility and the widespread adoption of underride protection systems are key steps in mitigating the risks associated with truck underride crashes.

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