In the last few decades, the way we build cars has drastically reduced deaths and serious injuries. As Central New York car and truck accident lawyers, we know. Our car crash case volume has gone down, and the injuries are often less severe.
Some of the greatest safety improvements are at the front of the car, which is now designed to absorb a great deal of crash impact — accordion like. This, accompanied with airbag deployment and seat belts, saves hundreds of lives per year.
But all these safety features are of no avail if the car you are riding in slides under the back of a tractor trailer or truck. The occupants’ heads get crushed against the back of the trailer (see second photo above). The structures designed to absorb the energy of a crash are bypassed, as they slide underneath. The airbags and safety belts can’t do their jobs at all. It is literally a “head-on” collision. That’s your head, not the car’s.