For more than a decade, federal regulations have required trucks to have rear underride guards to prevent cars from going under a truck in a rear end collision. These regulations apply in Pennsylvania and around the country and are meant to protect car drivers and passengers from serious, potentially fatal, crashes.
In March 2011, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety urged the federal government to strengthen underride regulations and require higher standards to prevent more accidents. In support of its recommendation the IIHS examined the Canadian underride guard regulations and found that their more stringent regulations resulted in better underride guards that performed better.
To date, the underride protection regulations in the United States have not changed and motorists remain at risk. Do you think the U.S. government should take action and require more stringent underride guards? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts.