Underride accidents occur when a truck stops suddenly, causing smaller cars to slide underneath the rear trailer of the truck and underneath the truck itself. These types of accidents tend to be devastating, since the surface of the truck will often shear off the top part of the passenger car, causing crushing injuries and severe or fatal injuries to the passengers inside.
One of the most devastating things about underride truck collisions is that they are quite preventable. Underride guards are a very simple device that can be installed under the rear trailer of the truck to prevent cars from sliding underneath the trailer. These guards are metal bars that prevent smaller cars from slipping under the truck in the event of a crash. Most truck companies have already installed these types of devices on their trucks to prevent underride accidents. Since 2007, many trucks have been required by law to have these underride guards.