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One of the most dangerous aspects of any truck accidentinvolving a large commercial truck is that of a "side underride collision". This type of truck accident involves a passenger vehicle colliding with the side of a truck, and passing under the truck itself.

Government statistics suggest that almost 200 American drivers every year are killed in exactly this kind of truck accident, and yet, the debate rages on regarding the implementation of further safety standards to prevent exactly this type of accident, the resulting injuries, and often cases of wrongful death from occurring.

Parsippany, NJ Truck Accident Lawyer Discusses "Undercarriage Crashes"

In 1967, Actress Jayne Mansfield was killed when her car crashed into the rear of a truck, passing under the belly of the truck and shearing off the entire top-half of her car. While this tragic fatality helped to raise awareness regarding the danger of rear-end collisions with commercial trucks and transport vehicles, it wasn't until 1998 that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration passed a law requiring all truck trailers to be fit with rear guards which block passenger cars from passing below the trailer itself.

Following a truck accident wrongful death incident last year involving a self-driving Tesla car which passed under the side of a truck trailer in Florida, killing passenger Joshua D. Brown, a debate is now taking place over the implementation of similar safety protocols for the sides of truck trailers in addition to the already-existing rear bumper guard.

While safety experts and personal injury lawmakers and attorneys are urging for further side-guard safety protocols for commercial trucks, the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association has countered stating that the truck accident safety advocates are "overstating the simplicity" of installing such protections, and that so far all " prototypes have been technical and commercial failures."

Even though nearly 60 people die every year in New Jersey due to accidents with commercial trucks, statistics for how many of those accidents involved side underride collisions are not available. However, our Morris County personal injury law firm is well aware of the serious danger that truck accidents can pose to motorists and pedestrians alike, and we are prepared to represent the victims and their families injured or killed in any type of truck accident to the fullest of our abilities

Morris County Truck Accident Injury Attorney Recovers Financial Compensation

So while the debate rages on regarding the possible implementation of new safety standards to protect the victims of side-collisions with commercial trucks, if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident resulting from the reckless or negligent actions of the truck driver, the trucking company, or any related parties, it is important that you recover the compensation your family needs and deserves for such tragic, and often preventable accidents.

At The Law Office of Smith and Doran, our personal injury team has extensive experience helping injury victims of all kinds recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost income, and physical and emotional pain and suffering in personal injury claims across Morris County, including towns like Parsippany, Roxbury, Randolph, Rahway, Madison, and Morristown.

Founding partner Robert A. Smith personally handles all personal injury cases, including truck accident injuries. Robert Smith is a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Civil Trial Attorney, an elite distinction held by only 2% of the active lawyers in the state. By helping you to prepare for trial, and gathering all of the necessary evidence, testimony, and documents necessary to supporting your claim in the strongest manner possible, Robert Smith and our personal injury team can demonstrate to insurance companies across New Jersey that we are prepared and willing to go trial for you, a fact which can greatly influence the insurance company into making you a fair and accurate offer.

To speak with Robert Smith and our personal injury team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding a truck accident, the damages you or your family have suffered, and your options for securing full and fair compensation in a personal injury claim, please contact us online, or through our Morristown, NJ office at 973-532-2661.

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