In 2017, a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers introduced a bill to prevent fatal underride crashes. According to RTV6 Indianapolis, the Stop Underrides Act of 2017 would require large trucks to have guards on the front and sides of the vehicle in addition to annual inspections.
The legislation would also require the Department of Transportation to review underride standards every five years. According to current laws, guards are only required on the backs of trucks.
The legislation has not advanced beyond the Senate Committee in the past year, leaving safety advocates frustrated with the slow process.
Underride crashes make up half of all accidents between cars and trucks, resulting in 750 deaths in 2015 alone.
A study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety determined that additional guards could reduce the severity of injuries in 90% of underride crashes.
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