What Are Underride Crashes?
These types of crashes occur when a passenger vehicle slides underneath the back part of a truck or trailer. While motorcyclists and pedestrians are put in the most danger due to their complete lack of protection, it’s not much better for people in passenger vehicles. Many of these vehicle’s hoods are approximately the same height as the underside of a truck, which means that when a collision occurs with the side of a truck’s trailer, the top of a car can be crushed or completely torn off, even in low-speed collisions. Many trucks are fitted with underride guards to prevent cars from sliding underneath their trailers, but these often do not provide adequate protection.
These Types Of Crashes Claim Hundreds Of Lives Every Year
Nearly 4,000 people were killed in truck crashes in 2015 alone, and an estimated 84 percent of those were people hit by the truck. Accidents are categorized by the cause of death, and underride crashes are among the deadliest recorded. According to the National Automotive Sampling System and the Fatality Analysis Report System, approximately one in every five fatalities are caused by underride crashes.
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How Can Underride Crashes Happen?
Because of the frequency of underride accidents, trucks are required to be fitted with equipment designed to mitigate the risk of this type of accident. However, a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety discovered that this safety equipment isn’t strong enough to work as designed to prevent low-speed crashes and often fails at high speeds.
Some common factors that can lead to this type of accident include:
- Drowsy driving
- Defective equipment
- Driving while intoxicated
- Inexperienced drivers
- Dangerous road conditions
- Mechanical failure
- Road hazards like potholes, debris, etc.
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