Media Advisory: May 5 Underride Roundtable at IIHS to address truck underride deaths & injuries

May 5 Underride Roundtable will explore ways to address deaths and injuries in truck underride crashes

RUCKERSVILLE, Va. — The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Truck Safety Coalition and AnnaLeah & Mary for Truck Safety will hold a national meeting on the problem of truck underride crashes on Thursday, May 5. Researchers, government officials and industry leaders will gather to discuss how to reduce the risks for passenger vehicle occupants, bicyclists and pedestrians.

In 2015, 371 of 2,485 passenger vehicle occupants killed in large truck crashes died when the fronts of their vehicles struck the rears of trucks. Pedestrians and bicyclists also died in collisions involving the sides of trucks.

IIHS will conduct a crash test of a trailer with an improved underride guard.

Who:     IIHS, Truck Safety Coalition and AnnaLeah & Mary for Truck Safety
What:    Truck Underride Roundtable
Where:  IIHS Vehicle Research Center, 988 Dairy Road, Ruckersville VA 22968
When:   Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Crash test will be conducted at 12:30 PM.
Media need to be in place by 12:15 PM for the test.

Webcast available: https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1100569

IIHS-HLDI
988 Dairy Road
Ruckersville, VA 22968
+1 434 985 4600

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