Did Inadequate Under-Ride Guard on Truck Contribute to the Death of Norfolk Man on I-64?
Christopher Polinchock, I-64, under-ride guard, safety feature, tractor trailer, big rig, accident, Norfolk, VA, loss of life, Norfolk trucking accident lawyer
Under-ride guards that hang down from the backs of tractor trailers are meant to prevent terrible crashes that can see smaller vehicles sliding under trucks and taking the tops off cars.
But there’s a considerable body of research that points to them being ineffective.
I was struck by this when I read about the sad death of Christopher Polinchock who was killed on I-64 in Norfolk last week when his car went under a box truck.
Recently the Virginian-Pilot reported on how the 63-year-old man was recovering from pancreatic cancer, and he was making plans to return to his favorite passions – skiing and helping disabled children and veterans – before his life was tragically cut short.
“He’d just gotten a new lease on life,” Cheri Larson, a friend and president of the Mogul Ski Club, told the Pilot.
As a Norfolk truck accident lawyer, I find myself wondering if Mr. Polinchock’s death could have been averted if a simple safety feature had done the job it was meant to.
Recently USA Today reported on how many truck manufacturers are still building tractor-trailers with poor rear under-ride guards that “allow cars going as slow as 35 mph to slide under the trucks in crashes.”
The conclusion was based on new research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Two years ago, the Insurance Institute released research demonstrating the fact the federal government’s minimum requirements on size and strength for under-ride guards were inadequate. The IIHS has petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to impose tougher standards, to little avail.
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