Proposed Federal Bill to Prevent Underride Trucking Deaths

Georgia woman one of the leaders of the effort to pass this bill to protect motorists in trucking accidents

Last month a bipartisan bill was introduced in Congress that aims at saving motorists from deadly "underride" crashes with tractor-trailers and other trucks. This bill, introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is entitled the "Stop Underrides Act of 2017." Two women who lost children in tragic underride collisions have advocated for this legislation for years according to the NBC News story. One of the women, Marianne Karth, actually lost her two teenage daughters in an underride trucking accident in the State of Georgia in 2003. 

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has required rear guards on trucks since 1998, but this bill would mandate the guards on the sides of tractor-trailers. Some 200 lives are senselessly lost each year because of side underride trucking accidents. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has concluded that mandating side underride guards would save lives and has recommended mandating them to NHTSA since 2014. 

It is rare in today's political climate to have such a common sense bill that both major parties support. This bill is important for the safety of all motorists in Georgia and throughout the United States. Please let your congressman and senators know that you support passage of this bipartisan bill.

If you want to follow the legislation, click here for S.2219 and click here for H.R.4622.

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or loss in trucking accident, please contact Gwinnett County based injury lawyer Richard Armond at (678) 661-9585 for a free consultation. 

Attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. He is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Georgia and is based in Lawrenceville, one mile down the road from the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Call him today for a free consultation at (678) 661-9585. The information above is for informational purposes only as of the date of publication and should not be relied upon as legal advice, nor does the reading of it form an attorney-client relationship. Always consult directly with an attorney for legal advice.