My recommendations for the IIHS Underride Roundtable in August.

I do not support the efforts of the Underride Roundtable as they support killer stiff underride guards and have given awards to these old technology instruments of death! My recommendations for front underride issue coverage at Roundtable below: You will have to look to Europe for front underride experts, unfortunately. See https://underridenetwork.org/front-underrun-or-underride-guards https://www.transportenvironment.org/sites/te/files/media/2012%2002%20FKA%20Smart%20Cab%20study_web.pdf http://publications.lib.chalmers.se/records/fulltext/160351.pdf Your … Read more…

10 Investigates: Drivers Don’t Face Fines For Damaged Under-Ride Bars

Channel 10 in Columbus Ohio does an in-depth investigation of damaged and rusted underride guards on trucks and trailers in Ohio. They document multiple violations but find drivers and companies face zero fines. This is a national problem and law enforcement often pooh-pooh broken underride guards or dirty tape and lives are lost as a … Read more…

Insurance industry propaganda!

IIHS recognizes semitrailers with good underride guards! It turns out that while real safety advocates have been concerned about crashes into trucks at highway speeds, it is really crashes into trucks on low-speed roadways we should be concerned about! IIHS has the audacity to issue safety awards to trailer manufacturers for building rear underride guards … 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…

Another Victims comments on paper presented to TRB from annaleahmary.com

Another victims viewpoints and comments on the Revised abstract and underride research presentation paper at http://annaleahmary.com presented at Transportation Research Board’s First International Roadside Safety Conference, June 12-15, 2017, in San Francisco. This paper basically outlined recommendations obtained from reviews of current underride research by this victim and others including experts that provided information and … Read more…

Underride Roundtable Experts are Looking at Front Underrun

Here are some recommendations and resources on front underrun. Progressive crush of the energy absorbing barrier which starts off “soft” for impacts with unprotected road users and the side of cars, and increases progressively to suit frontal impacts with a range of cars. We expect the rounded absorbing barrier extension to deflect both cars and … Read more…

Underride Network response to Underride Roundtable Consensus

Marianne, IIHS, and Roundtable, I have worked very hard for twenty years to increase underride guard effectiveness. Since 1992 CRASH and the victim community consensus has been that nothing less than energy absorbing guards are acceptable. Stiff guards are low-speed guards and cannot be made to be high-speed. They do not protect trailer frames from … Read more…

Comments: MASH Style Underride Guard Crash Tests for Australia and New Zealand

I am commenting as an American underrun victim/survivor and international  truck safety activist. I am a truck underride survivor so will be commenting on Vision Zero and Safe System, TUBS (Truck Underrun Barriers), and truck or trailer  mounted attenuators. I am also interested in safe and forgiving roadsides  and the types  of roadways and speeds … Read more…

Educate yourself to fight unscientific crash test speeds.

The vast majority of fatal underrides happen on highways at highways speeds above 50 mph. So, why do we crash test at 35 mph? Maybe so guards will not fail and the public will not be alarmed at the dire danger their loved ones face on American roadways. Educate yourself to fight unscientific low-speed crash … Read more…