A fortunate Chevy Corvette Z06 driver in California last week came away from a horrifying crash with only a few scrapes and a story he'll never forget after smashing into the rear of a semi trailer - exactly the kind of crash that a new report says results in death too often, due to lax standards for the trailer guards that are supposed to protect drivers. This accident, caught by the Los Angeles Fire Department on Interstate 405, wasn't fatal thanks to the Corvette driver ducking just as his car rammed into the rear of the moving van.
Over-the-road truck drivers drive more miles and carry heavier loads than in the past. Those under ride guards are mandated by the United States and Canada on all semitrailers to help prevent such accidents, and according to new research from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, they usually do a better job of stopping cars. Such crashes claimed 280 lives in the United States in 2011, the most recent data available, and by the IIHS' reckoning, most were due to cars sliding under trailers.
The result is accidents involving smaller vehicles and other trucks. In both cases, the injuries are usually catastrophic. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a tractor-trailer accident, contact our California law firm, Peach & Weathers.