Big Rigs or 18-Wheelers are enormous, slow to stop and make very wide turns. A truck wreck with a car is usually severe. A new study shows tractor-trailers are more dangerous than previously thought.
In a study released by the Insurance Industry for Highway Safety (IIHS), the report states that “New crash tests and analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety demonstrate that underride guards on tractor-trailers can fail in relatively low-speed crashes – with deadly consequences. The Institute is petitioning the federal government to require stronger underride guards that will remain in place during a crash and to mandate guards for more large trucks and trailers,” IIHS writes in a press release.
Rear guards are important for reducing under-ride deaths and injuries when a car crashes into the back of a tractor-trailer in an accident. “Under-ride makes death or serious injury more likely since the upper part of the passenger vehicle’s occupant compartment typically crushes as the truck body intrudes into the vehicle safety cage,” explains the IIHS.
The results of these tests are show that the trucks are dangerous. According to the report, the car would underride the trucks when the guard rail failed, causing encroachment into the interior compartment of the passenger vehicles. The federal government needs to enact stricter guidelines to make sure the trucks are safe and passengers in automobiles are protected from defective trucks.