Timothy J. Casey Attorney at Law
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The added safety of underride guards

Arizona motorists may be interested to know that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted testing showing that underride guards attached to the sides of a trailer can provide safety benefits similar to what rear-mounted guards can provide. While there are various pieces of legislation at different stages of the federal regulatory process that will require installing rear-mounted underride guards on straight truck configurations, the IIHS asserts that the study's results indicate there should be requirements for side-mounted underride guards as well.

The IIHS performed two 35-mph crash trials during the spring of 2017. One of the tests assessed a protection device manufactured by Airflow Deflector, Inc., called the AngelWing side underride. The second test used a fiberglass side skirt that was designed to enhance aerodynamics rather than inhibit underride. The two tests were the first performed by IIHS that pertained to side underride guard evaluation.

A midsized passenger car was driven into the center of a 53-foot dry van trailer for both tests. The AngelWing trial bent the underride guard, but prevented the car from going beneath the trailer. The second test, which provided no underride guard protection, resulted in the roof of the car being cut off and the vehicle becoming stuck beneath the trailer. According to IIHS, any occupants of a vehicle in such a collision would possibly sustain fatal injuries.

An attorney who practices personal injury law may assist individuals who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents that were the result defective vehicle parts, faulty assembly, distracted driving or any other factors. A financial settlement may be pursued in order to cover costs associated with medical expenses, vehicle repair and pain and suffering.

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