(WASHINGTON) -- More than 350 people are killed each year when their car strikes the back of a tractor-trailer and -- because of the height difference -- the car slides underneath, literally crushing the vehicle and often the passengers inside. There are safety standards in place to prevent these accidents -- many trucks have been equipped with impact guards designed to prevent such accidents -- but new tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety find those barriers often give way.
"Our tests show how easily some of these guards are failing at relatively moderate speeds," said Adrian Lund with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. He says the group wants the government to require tougher standards.
"You're buying a new car which has really state of the art frontal crash protection, but when you hit a truck, all those goes by the wayside," Lund said.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is calling on the government and the trucking industry to beef up the barriers.
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