Under Ride Protection
Under ride protection and cab guards are important safety devices intended to minimize injury in a collision
Under ride protection and cab guards are critical safety devices that are intended to minimize injury in the event of a collision. Unfortunately, a defect in design or materials can create a very dangerous situation.
Beasley Allen recently worked on a case in which three family members riding together in a Cadillac Escalade were killed when their vehicle struck a Nissan TX UD-1800 rollback wrecker vehicle that was jutting into a busy highway. Two other passengers in the vehicle were seriously injured.
Upon investigation, it was determined that the wrecker was not equipped with any under ride protection or guards, which would have helped rotate the Escalade away from the rollback in the event of a crash.
The parties eventually agreed to settle their claims, the terms of the settlement were confidential.
Under ride protection defects
An under ride protection device extends below the trailer in order to prevent an automobile from riding under the trailer in the event of a rear impact.
Many heavy trucks and/or trailers are defectively designed in that the vehicles do not have proper under ride protection devices. When a vehicle is allowed to under ride a heavy truck trailer, it often results in severe injuries to vehicle occupants since passenger cars are substantially lower than the bed of heavy truck trailers.
When appropriate under ride guards are in place, vehicles are prevented from under riding these trailers and severe injuries that occur in foreseeable rear end collisions are substantially reduced.
Cab guard defects
Cab guards or “headache racks” are required as front-end structures on 18-wheelers that pull flat beds, trailers and log trailers and should function to prevent shifting cargo from contacting the cab of heavy trucks.
Many cab guards are designed of welded heat treated aluminum which results in a weakening of the cab guard over time. The weakening of the cab guard due to fatigue stress is relatively unknown to drivers.
Our research has shown that many welding requirements established by national organizations are not followed by cab guard manufacturers. The failure to follow such guidelines may result in poor welds, poor quality control, and poorly designed cab guards. These cab guard defects undermine the intended purpose of protecting truck occupants in an accident.
Do you have a under ride protection or cab guard defect claim?
If your loved one has suffered a serious injury or death as a result of an under ride protection or cab guard defect injury, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.
Please contact our under ride protection lawyers today by filling out the brief questionnaire, or by calling our toll free number (1-800-898-2034) for a free, no-cost, no-obligation legal evaluation of your case.