Corvette Rear-ends Box Truck—Has to Be Pulled from Beneath
When a car and a semi collide, the driver and passengers inside the car are the most likely to be injured or to lose their lives in the crash. According to new crash tests conducted by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), underride guards on the big trucks’ trailers fail to protect passenger vehicle occupants from risk of serious injury or death in the event of a rear-end collision.
Underride guards are steel bars that are welded to the rear frames of trailers. They are intended to keep the front end of a car from traveling under the trailer during a rear-end crash. The chances of suffering serious injury or death are far greater when the passenger vehicle slides underneath the semi-trailer.
Even though many safety improvements have been made in recent years to protect drivers and passengers of motor vehicles in crashes, all the improvements in the world don’t amount to much if the front of a car ends up underneath the back of a semi-trailer.
In 2011, 260 people lost their lives when their vehicles went underneath the rear of semi-trailers during a crash.
On March 5th, 2013, a Corvette rear-ended a box truck. The car became stuck beneath the rear of the box truck on the southbound San Diego Freeway (405). According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), firemen had to pull the Corvette from beneath the rear of the truck. The Corvette’s driver was lucky. Due in part to the low profile of the car, the driver remained conscious during the rescue and was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. This accident illustrates the need for improvements regarding underride guards on trucks.
If you or a loved one has been injured or if a loved one has died in a crash with a truck, the knowledgeable underride accident lawyers in Princeton at the firm of Lependorf & Silverstein will fight for your fair compensation if the crash was due to the negligence of the truck driver or his or her employer. Call (609) 240-0040 to discuss the details of your case at no charge to you.
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