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Underride guards: the push to make truck accidents less deadly

When a Louisiana passenger vehicle crashes into the back or side of a huge semitrailer truck, the results almost always are deadly. As Forbes reported earlier this year, when a car hits the high-riding trailer of a large truck, the car keeps going, sliding underneath the trailer and shearing off its roof in the process. Everyone in the car, especially the driver and front seat passenger, are at high risk for death by decapitation.

What do truckers deal with that may increase the risk of a crash?

The chances are likely that whenever you are on the road, especially on a freeway, you will encounter large trucks making their deliveries. You already know that semis can cause devastating injuries to other motorists in a collision, but you and other Louisiana residents may not understand the pressures that truck drivers are under, which may increase their chances of getting into an accident.

How many hours can a trucker work?

Most people in Louisiana have what one might call a reasonable fear of being involved in an accident with a big rig. Semi trucks are so large that anyone in any type of standard passenger vehicle would be at a serious disadvantage in a crash. Motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians have even less protection and stand to face even more serious consequences if hit by a commercial truck. Fatigue is a commonly known factor in some large truck crashes but there are strict rules in place by the federal government designed to minimize this risk.

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