Tractor trailers are required to have rear impact guards that are designed to prevent cars from sliding underneath a big rig during a truck accident and killing or seriously injuring the car's driver and occupants. However, the rear impact guards may not be doing the job that they were designed to do, according to a recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The Results of the IIHS Car Truck Accident Study

According to the IIHS study, cars traveling at moderate speeds or higher cause rear impact guards to give way and allow the cars to slip underneath tractor trailers, resulting in serious injuries and fatalities. The IIHS study further concluded that there are steps that can be taken to prevent these types of injuries.
  • Rear impact guards that are designed according to Canadian standards are 75% stronger and better protect car drivers and passengers. Thus, the technology exists to improve the quality of truck rear impact guards.
  • The U.S. does not currently require rear impact guards to be inspected after they are installed. Some rear impact guards may be installed incorrectly or become damaged, thus creating a dangerous situation.

What Will Happen Next?

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that it has been aware of the problem since 2009, and that it hopes to complete its review of the issue by 2012. In the meantime, it is important to contact a Marietta truck accident attorney if you've been injured.

If you have been hurt when your car rear-ended a truck in the Marietta area, then you may be entitled to damages if your Marietta truck accident lawyer can prove that there was a problem with the truck's rear impact guard.

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