Media Coverage of the first Truck Underride Roundtable held at IIHS on May 5, 2016

You will find multiple links below reporting on the Underride Roundtable, which took place on May 5, 2016 at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Vehicle Research Center in Ruckersville Center, co-hosted by them with the Truck Safety Coalition, and our family (AnnaLeah & Mary for Truck Safety).

Please note: If you are visiting this site for the first time, please be aware that the reason this Underride Roundtable was organized was because the CURRENT DOT/NHTSA underride standards are TOO WEAK. In way too many cases, even new trucks with underride guards meeting current rules (not just corroded ones) fail and allow underride by a passenger vehicle colliding with them. People die from these kinds of crashes and it has been proven that stronger guards (if required and manufactured) could stop this deadly underride!

I know about this because my two youngest daughters, AnnaLeah (17) and Mary (13), died because of this kind of crash on May 4, 2013. I was driving. A truck hit us–spinning us around so that we went backwards into the tractor-trailer ahead of us. AnnaLeah and Mary were in the back seat which went under the truck. They died. I did not.

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Video and information on our underride crash

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Underride Victim Information Table at the Underride Roundtable

View the entire Underride Roundtable here in two archived webcast sessions,, including:

Underride Research, Studies, and Reports: Underride Roundtable To Consider Underride Research From Around the Globe

Media Reports on the First Truck Underride Roundtable:

  1. Fair Warning: Critics Say Underride Fix Will Do Little to Curb Deadly Hazard
  2. Rocky Mount TelegramUnderride roundtable generates awareness
  3. Automotive WorldIIHS: Truck underride roundtable addresses problem of deadly crashes
  4. Article by Andrew Young, panel moderator of the RoundtableBroken Glass And Shattered Lives – A Mother’s Journey Through Grief Brings Hope For Preventing Underride Truck Crashes
  5. WN.comIIHS hosts underride roundtable
  6. Trailer/Body BuildersTrailer manufacturers meet tougher underride standards
  7. Trailer/Body BuildersAnatomy of a successful underride guard test
  8. From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, host of the eventTruck underride roundtable addresses problem of deadly crashes
  9. News article by Jim Healey, reporter who attended the Roundtable:  Traffic Experts Debate How to Prevent Deadly Truck Underride Crashes
  10. Truck Safety Coalition
  11. Why Boston is taking ‘underride’ crashes seriously
  12. Interiew of Randy & Laurie Higginbotham, Memphis, TN, who attended the Roundtable Parents Turn Tragedy Of Losing Son Into Life Saving Mission
  13. The Virginian Pilot interviews Matt Brumbelow  Research Engineer from IIHS and Jennifer Tierney, Truck Safety Coalition VolunteerSafety Group Tests Rear Crash Bar on Trucks
  14. Post by the president of the Truck Safety Coalition, Dawn King: Crash Dummy Survives!
  15. WVIR newscastIIHS Unveils New Safety Improvements for Tractor Trailers

Here is a brief look at the event from the law firm of Andy Young, who was the moderator of the panel discussion in the afternoon:


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A glimpse of AnnaLeah (17) & Mary (13) and the crash which took their lives. . .

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