A truck’s steel bumper may be one of its most dangerous features during an accident. This seemingly innocent stylistic statement can be a serious safety threat. A mechanical engineer in Texas recently determined that steel bumpers on 18-wheeler trucks are significantly more dangerous than those made from energy-absorbing alternatives. Steel bumpers can make a truck accident much worse than it would have been had the bumper been removed.
Why Are Steel Bumpers a Safety Hazard?
Steel bumpers are heavy, and they can assist an 18-wheeler with doing damage to another vehicle, rather than cushioning the blow. The auto industry has started to use plastic, composite, or other energy-absorbing materials so that bumpers don't cause as much damage during a collision. These other materials can absorb some of the forces caused by an accident, rather than magnify them. This differs from steel, which remains rigid and damaging during an accident.
Manufacturers produce the modern bumper to keep the safety of vehicle passengers a priority along with the safety of those around them. While modern bumpers have a reputation for being “cheap” because they aren’t made from metal, they are designed to become damaged during a collision so that the impact of it is absorbed as much as possible. So, the very thing they might receive criticism for is purposeful design.
Injured in a Truck Accident? Help is Available
If you have been injured or you lost a loved one in a trucking accident, then you need the assistance of an attorney. If you believe that the fatality or serious injury could have been avoided if the truck that you collided with had been manufactured better and was not equipped with a steel bumper, we’re ready to help you determine who was at fault for your accident.
Arnold & Itkin is ready and willing to help you with your 18-wheeler accident case, no matter where you live in the United States. We've won billions of dollars for clients by being a fierce advocate for them. Our team will use our resources to investigate your accident and find answers from those who caused it. While we can never guarantee a specific result, we never settle for less than clients deserve and will take their case to a courtroom if necessary.
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