An underride truck accident occurs when a smaller vehicle collides with and slides underneath the truck, generally crushing or sheering off the roof of the smaller vehicle. While the most common type of underride accident occurs at the truck’s rear end, such accidents can also occur at the side or front of trucks. Underride accidents are often more devastating than other types of truck accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides extensive information about different types of trucks and variables involved in underride accidents. Since 1953, the United States has required underride guards and put guard standards in place. Over the years, guard standards for trailers and semi-trailers have been tested, strengthened and updated.
Here are some significant statistics reported by the NHTSA and gathered from a study that focused on underride accidents from 2008 to 2009: