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Truck accidents are common in Arizona. In fact, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation, of the over 127,000 Arizona motor vehicle accidents that occurred in 2018, over 5 percent of them involved a large commercial truck or a bus. That amounts to over 13,500 accidents. In total, over 3,300 people were injured, and 118 killed in Arizona truck accidents for the year of 2018.

Given the valid concern involving semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles, lawmakers are taking steps to make the roads safer for those sharing the road with these large vehicles. According to a recent trucking industry news report, lawmakers are considering four bills that would significantly impact the trucking industry.

Perhaps the most important bill, H.R. 1511/S. 665, is known as the Stop Underrides Act. An underride accident involves a large truck and a smaller car. The main characteristic of this type of accident is that the smaller car slides underneath the truck, causing the roof of the vehicle to get crushed. Due to the nature of these accidents, they often result in severe or fatal injuries. The Stop Underrides Act would require “the installation of front, side, and rear underride guards on all trailers with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) that exceeds 10,000 pounds.” An underride guard is a piece of steel that connects to the frame of the trailer and extends downward, preventing cars from sliding underneath the truck in the event of an accident. Currently, many trucks are required to have rear-underride guards installed; however, the trucking industry has been against additional requirements for front- and side-underride guards.

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