The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently tested a side underride guard for the first time. In the video above, you can compare the effects of the guard with a collision that does not include a guard and see the dramatically different results.
It’s one of the most devastating traffic accidents: A car slams into the side of a tractor-trailer and crashes underneath, where many of its safety features are rendered worthless. The top of the vehicle may be sheared off; in many cases, the occupants are decapitated.
A news story about Lois Durso’s quest for safer trucks:
Marianne Karth and Lois Durso are two mothers on a mission to prevent truck underride collisions. Underride crashes — when a car collides with a truck and gets lodged underneath — are among the most fatal types of accidents on the road. A vehicle’s passenger compartment is often crushed or ripped off.
Read the whole thing: Moms Who Lost Daughters In Truck Underride Collisions Push for Greater Safety