There is something fundamentally lethal in the construction of the modern automobile and the massive 18-wheel tractor-trailer. The way in which a car fits under a rear guard in a truck collision seems almost designed to kill. This design is known as the Wedge Effect. The Truck “Guard”It is odd that something known as a “guard” could act as something so completely different. If a car underrides the truck guard, the vertical element created by said guard turns the car into a “wedge.”This shape is created by pressure from the guard and the vehicle’s own acceleration. The pressure completely flattens both the front suspension and the front tires, which dangerously lowers the car and forces it even further beneath the destructive rear guard.This guard is meant to prevent underride collisions. In theory, it was a great plan. But in practice the guard would actually have to be low enough to stop the car from underriding to be of use. As it is, the truck guard has only worsened problem it was created to fix.If you loved one was killed in an underride accident with a large truck you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost current and future wages, funeral expenses, and emotional trauma. Speaking to a qualified Chicago truck accident lawyer can help you determine your legal options including filing a wrongful death claim.Hiring a Chicago Wrongful Death Lawyer After a Fatal Truck AccidentYour family should be able to mourn the loss of your loved one without worrying about court documents and filing paperwork. While you adjust to life after your loss, you can take comfort in knowing you don’t have to handle an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit alone.When you have the help of a trusted Chicago wrongful death lawyer from the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C. you’ll get expert legal advice and guidance concerning your family’s long term needs. Contact us today for a free case evaluation – 312-263-1080.