More Could Be Done to Prevent Override Accidents, Some Say
Getting into any type of accident with a truck in Anderson is never a good thing. One kind of collision in particular, however, can be particularly devastating. It is known as an override crash and it occurs when a car smashes into either the rear or side of a truck and ends up underneath it.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, trucks in the United States are required to have safety guards on the rear of the vehicles in order to help prevent these types of crashes. Rear guards are also required in Canada, although the safety standards for the guards are more stringent there than they are in the United States. This has led some companies to voluntarily use stronger guards than the federal rules require.
When a passenger vehicle strikes the rear of a truck in the center, crash tests have shown that the safety guards were found to be effective. However, when a car crashes with only partial overlap with the truck, override was shown to still likely occur in some situations.
NBC News reports that there is currently no federal requirement for safety guards to be in place on the sides of trucks. This is despite the fact that having such a requirement could save 200 lives every year. Some within the trucking industry have expressed opposition to side guards, citing in part their cost and the fact that they would add additional weight to a truck. The National Transportation Safety Board recommended the installation of side guards on all new trailers in 2014 but it remains to be seen whether or not that standard will be adopted.