Dan Munley attends IIHS tractor trailer crash test

Posted September 1st, 2017 by .

Munley trucking team invited to IIHS crash test

On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, Atty. Daniel W. Munley along with paralegal, Jerome Levans, attended a crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Each year, thousands of people are either killed or injured when a passenger vehicle collides with the side of a tractor-trailer.  When a tractor-trailer is hit from the side, the advanced safety features of the passenger vehicle are not triggered because the passenger vehicle’s windshield is the first thing that comes into contact with the trailer. Hundreds of people die in crashes like these every year.

The IIHS crash tested the “Angel Wing” underride guard from Airflow Deflector, Inc. They are designed to prevent passenger vehicles from going underneath the tractor-trailer during a side-impact crash.  Instead, the passenger vehicle’s front bumper will strike the Angel Wing, activating all of the passenger vehicle’s advanced safety features.

Side underride crash test results

Tuesday’s test was remarkable. In a 40 mph crash, the side guard prevented the car from going underneath the trailer and an inspection of the dummy showed that there would have been minimal injuries to the driver in a real-life crash.

After watching the crash test and viewing the damage to the vehicles as well as assurances from the IIHS that the crash test dummy did not sustain life threatening injuries, it is obvious that this design will save lives and is needed for all tractor-trailers going forward,” said Atty. Daniel W. Munley of Munley Law.

The Munley team was  invited to attend this event  by the Chairman of the Trucking Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice, Pete Kestner, of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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