Monday, April 4, 2016

Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers Discuss Proposed Upgrade to Underride Guard Regulations

When two teenage girls died in a 2013 underride crash, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) issued a petition to improve underride guards. In response, the National Highway Traffics Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed new rules that would require stronger underride guards that would prevent passenger vehicles from sliding underneath trailers and semi-trailers in rear end collisions. Canada already has more stringent rules in place, and this new proposal would make the U.S. on the same page as Canada in the policies they have been working on since 2007. However, some feel that more meaningful upgrades can be made. IIHS crash tests have revealed some lacking in Canadian standards, including no guarantee that guards will prevent underrides if a car rear ends a trailer. This is particularly true in the outer ends where the guards are the weakest. IIHS’ president urged the NHTSA to take advantage of the opportunity to examine a wider range of underride crashes. Truck Cras

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