In 2011 260 motorist died when their vehicle lodged under a large trucking rig. Believe it or not, this is an improvement. Back in 2004 460 motorists died in under-ride collisions with trucks. This “progress” is hardly cause for celebration.
Although the trucking industry significantly improved truck undercarriage guards since 2011, American guard standards lag far behind our northern neighbor, Canada. And, while US fatal under –ride collisions are down– apparently due to better guards and reduced driving habits– partial “hang –over” under-ride collisions remain a problem. Most guards fail to adequately protect motorists from these partial under-ride crashes. According to Sean McNally, spokesman for the American Trucking Association, focus should shift to educating non-commercial drivers on how to share the road with big rigs and technological advances to prevent under carriage crashes in the first place.