An underride crash occurs when a vehicle slides underneath a large truck, such as a tractor-trailer, in a collision. According to a report the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 114 fatalities in underride crashes in Tennessee from 1994 to 2015. While that number might not be as high as you might expect, it is too high for those families who have lost a loved one in an underride crash.

New legislation has recently been introduced by a Tennessee congressman and a New York senator. The goal is to prevent these deadly crashes. The law would require trucks to have underride guards. The families of victims of underride crashes joined the lawmakers when the bill was introduced. The mother of one of the victims was present. Her son had died near Memphis when a semitruck made a U-turn that was illegal and his vehicle crashed into the side of the truck.

There are currently federal law underride guard requirements for the rear of a truck, but no requirements for the other sides. This legislation would require underride guards for all four sides, as well as including an annual inspection for the guards. The Department of Transportation would be responsible for reviewing these standards every five years to see if there is a need for changes because of technology advancements.

Have you lost a loved one in an underride accident or other type of truck accident? If so, you may be able to seek compensation for your loved one’s final expenses, pain and suffering and more. If no underride guard was in place, it may be possible to find additional defendants who are liable for your loved one’s death.

Source:, “New Legislation Aims To Prevent Deadly Truck Underride Crashes,” Kim Chaney, Dec. 12, 2017