Truck underride guards are a common safety feature on semitrailers. When these bars are missing or fail to function as intended, a car colliding with the rear of a semi can slide under the trailer, causing devastating injuries to the driver and any passengers in the front seat.
At the law firm of Rizio Law Firm, our lawyers represent people who are injured in truck accidents due to defective equipment or other safety issues. We also represent family members of people who have died. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and explain your options. With offices in Santa Ana, and Riverside we serve truck accident victims throughout Southern California.
What Are Truck Underride Guards?
Underride guards are bars that extend below the backs of semitrailers to prevent cars from sliding under the trailer in a rear-end collision. While most semitrailers today are equipped with underride guards, these guards may fail to protect accident victims for a variety of reasons:
- The underride guard may not be strong enough or big enough to prevent the car from sliding underneath. (In other words, it may not have a crashworthy design.)
- Bolts used to fasten the underride guard may shear off in accidents due to rust or defective materials.
- The underride guard may not be designed to protect vehicle occupants in small-offset collisions. (A small-offset collision is one in which there is an overlap of 30 percent to 50 percent between the guard and the vehicle.)
If you were injured or your loved one killed because the underride guard was defective or improperly maintained, you may be entitled to compensation from the trucking company for everything you have lost.
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