On March 1, 2011, Good Morning America revealed that the protections to prevent serious trucking accidents aren’t working. Trucks are required to have rear impact guards on the back to prevent cars from sliding underneath. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducted a study to see if these rear impact guards were actually working.
The results are shocking. The guards did not prevent the cars from sliding underneath the trucks. If fact, the guards are causing more serious injuries that could have been prevented.
The Department of Transportation is aware of the problem and need to increase the strength of the safety guards. Canada already requires a guard to have 75% more strength than America’s requirement.
Were you injured in a trucking accident? Were you injured by a rear impact guard? Did your car slide underneath a truck? Contact trucking accident attorney Julie Johnson at www.juliejohnsonlaw.com or (214) 290-8001.
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