New York residents might like to know about the latest efforts to make the roads safer when it comes to motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks. When cars crash into tractor-trailers or semis, the vehicles can slide underneath the larger trucks. This is very dangerous and often results in fatalities. A bill proposed on Dec. 9 would require trucks to be equipped with front and side guards to prevent cars from sliding underneath the trucks.
Side underride crashes kill more than 200 people annually, and the National Transportation Safety Board had recommended the guard features. The bill has bipartisan support and is intended to save lives. Currently, only rear guards are mandated for large trucks. The need for more protection was first called to attention almost 50 years ago when actress Jayne Mansfield was killed in a highway crash. Rear guards became a requirement in 1998.