When a semi-truck is involved in an accident with a smaller vehicle, the results can sometimes be deadly. Because of these trucks’ massive size, even the most basic accidents can cause serious and life-changing injuries.
Thankfully, technology and safety awareness continues to improve to prevent and minimize the risk of these accidents. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently released the results of a test that shows how an aftermarket device attached to the side of a semi-truck can prevent serious accidents.
The AngelWing, made by Airflow Deflector Inc., is the only side underride protection device on the market. IIHS’ test showed how the AngelWing was able to prevent a midsize car from sliding underneath a semi-truck at 40 mph.
There are over 500,000 semi-truck accidents in the United States each year. An estimated 111,000 people were injured in crashes involving semi-trucks in 2014, and 3,903 people were killed. One of the most common types of accidents that results in fatalities in when a car goes under a semi-truck.
Underride Semi-Truck Accidents
According to the Department of Transportation, over 4,000 people were killed in accidents involving underride between 1994 and 2014.
In 2015, 301 of the 1,542 passenger vehicle occupants that died in crashes with a semi-truck hit the side of the truck. Compare that to the 292 people who died when they hit the rear of the semi-truck. Rear underride guards are now required under federal regulations.
Side underride guards are not required. In the IIHS test, the AngelWing side guard bent at 40 mph, but the midsize car couldn’t go underneath the semi-truck trailer. The car’s air bags and seat belt restrained the crash test dummy in the driver seat.
No amount of safety devices can prevent semi-truck accidents. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a crash involving a semi-truck, big-rig, 18-wheeler or other type of commercial vehicle, it’s important that you understand your legal rights. For a free legal consultation with the team at Davis Law Group, P.S., call (206) 727-4000, use the chat feature below or fill out the contact form on this page.
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