Guards tested in 1971 were better and stronger than current guards

  Underride/Override of Automobile Front Structures in Intervehicular Collisions (1971 study) 1971-UnderrideOverride-of-Automobile-Front-Structures-in-Intervehicular-Collisions-1971-study-small.zip “Properly designed energy absorbing (yielding) underride guard systems can provide the advantages of reduced accelerations and crush of the impacting vehicles, better control of crash energy dissipation, and lower loadings on the truck structure.” (Lower loadings on the truck structure means the frame … Read more…

Should crashing into a brick wall at up to 50 mph be safer than crashing into a trailer at 30 mph?

If you disagree then go to https://www.transportation.gov/fastlane/nhtsa-proposes-new-rear-impact-guard-standards and post your comments on the NHTSA recommendations for a new rear guard standard. If they legalize guards already on the road and do nothing else then the only so-called positive effect is trucking victims lose the right to sue for killer guillotine guards! No changes in guards on … Read more…

Celebrating 25 years of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)

The Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 25 The Americans with Disabilities Act banned discrimination against people with disabilities and attempted to remove obstacles that prevent Americans from living fulfilling and productive lives. Enforcement has been weak and government adoption has been slow with violations by government agencies common place. Today, more than one fourth of … Read more…

Time to add retro-reflective tape to single-unit trucks (SUTs)

It is time to adopt modern reflective colors for truck and trailer conspicuity enhancements and require tape on all single-unit trucks (SUTs). The Underride Network had several member activists receive awards from then President Clinton for their work for reflective tape on big rigs and trailers. We recommended then and now that fluorescent colors replace … Read more…