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What California Laws Help Prevent Underride Accidents?

One of the worst accidents a driver can experience is an underride accident. Anyone involved in an underride accident is lucky to survive — because many people do not. Burlingame truck accident attorneys can work with underride accident victims and their loved ones to help recover the compensation to which they may be entitled.

An underride accident is one where the car rides under the rear end of a truck, sheering off or crushing the top of the car. For years, underride guards have offered protection against underride accidents, and regulation for use of underride guards has existed to improve driving safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released a report in 2013 about a test it conducted to determine the effectiveness of underride guards. It discovered that Canadian underride guard standards were more stringent than U.S. standards and, consequently, Canadian underride guards can withstand twice as much force. It goes to show that our measures in the United States could be more effective.

Despite the United States’ underride guard use on large trucks, the IIHS reported that in 2011, 260 of the 2,241 passenger vehicle occupants killed in large truck crashes died in underride collisions. However, this statistic is much lower than the 2004 statistics, in which 460 of the 3,693 truck accident fatalities were caused by underride crashes.

If you suffer serious injury in a truck accident, consult an experienced San Mateo injury attorney to learn about your rights to recover compensation. Sarrail, Castillo & Hall, LLP offers a free consultation to evaluate your prospects for pursuing a case. 

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