RAND: Introducing Autonomous Vehicles Sooner Could Save Hundreds of Thousands of Lives Over Time

  FOR RELEASE Tuesday November 7, 2017 Autonomous vehicles should only have to be moderately better than human drivers before being widely used in the United States, an approach that could save thousands of lives annually even before the technology is perfected, according to a new RAND Corporation report. Allowing wide use of autonomous vehicles … Read more…

Tesla unveils safer and cleaner electric trucks!

Tesla is once again pushing U.S. industry into the future in a country where 50-year-old design and technology exist on virtually all U.S. trucks on our roadways! Dirty and inefficient diesel fueled vehicles spewing deadly fumes even from school buses! High-particulate pollution in a country with an epidemic of childhood asthma! Increasing pedestrian and bicyclist … Read more…

Do safety leaders have a hidden agenda rather than solely representing trucking victims?

I have many questions for groups in the U.S. that represent they speak for U.S. Trucking Victims and U.S. Trucking Safety. I am a trucking victim/survivor and a 30 year safety and disability rights activist and I was an insider at CRASH in the past. Trucking victims and survivors represent about 3 million plus U.S. … Read more…

IIHS HLDI Truck Underride Roundtable in August

Not our cup of tea. Sold out victims by recommending low-speed rear underride guard regulation that just legalized guards already on the road. Groups support truck drivers issues over victims, insurance companies, and exclude victim voices that disagree. Make your own decision with information here for your informed decision.   IIHS HLDI Truck Underride Roundtable … Read more…

U.S. DOT issues Federal Automated Vehicles Policy

The Federal Automated Vehicles Policy sets out a proactive safety approach that will bring lifesaving technologies to the roads safely while providing innovators the space they need to develop new solutions. The Policy is rooted in DOT’s view that automated vehicles hold enormous potential benefits for safety, mobility and sustainability. The primary focus of the … Read more…

Web is finally paying attention to pedestrian safety!

Today is the anniversary of my late wife Tamara Hadley’s death under an illegally parked semi-truck and I was heartened to see some attention paid to a safety issue all but ignored here in America. I hope we as victim/survivors remember that over a million victims have been killed and injured here in the U.S. … Read more…

Tesla crash is still an event that provokes thought and review of safety

SEE: http://www.treehugger.com/cars/tesla-driver-killed-autopilot-crash-would-still-be-alive-if-trailers-had-side-underride-guards.html Here is my latest post at Tree Hugger: We have had underride guards that are effective in crashes above 50 mph for over 30 years. Guards must be energy absorbing for proper protection in high-speed crashes, period! Increasing the length away from the truck or trailer of the underrun guard increases the critical … Read more…

NHTSA releases study of Truck Crash Avoidance Technology

This early study is already somewhat outdated but showed the technology works and can be a useful tool. There were false positive warnings for overhead hardware and signs and in curves but newer technology already exists that would improve effectiveness in these situations. There were no rear end crashes in the study and no independent … Read more…

Vehicle crash compatibility of big trucks and trailers and new car obstacle detection systems

http://www.truckinfo.net/trucking/stats.htm reports: 2 million tractor trailers 3.5 million working truck drivers Trucking industry estimated Total revenue 255.5 billion The United States Department of Transportation estimates that over 500,000 truck accidents occur every year. How many trailers are sold in the U.S.? Approximate average of 280,000 per year Once again the automobile and trucking industries refuse … Read more…