SIDE GUARDS FOR BIG TRUCKS * USA: Requested by IIHS
* DC - Safety experts urge side duards for big trucks
the U.S., new crash tests show how guards for the sides of trucks can make a big difference. .. Tests from the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety show what happens when a car going 35 miles per hour crashes into the side of a tractor-trailer. The car goes underneath and the heads of the dummies inside smash directly into the truck... But in a second test the tractor-trailer is equipped with "underride guards" on the side of the truck…and the outcome is much different... Federal law requires large trucks to have rear underride guards, but it does not mandate the same protections for the sides of trucks... More than 1,500 people were killed in collisions between a passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailers in 2015 - more than 300 of those involved the side of the truck...
(Photo: Underride cash) -- Washington, DC, USA - CBS News/Ozarks First - May 10, 2017