Could Tesla crash fatality have been prevented if trucks were required to have #sideguards?

“The driver of a Tesla Model S sedan using the vehicle’s self-driving mode has been killed in a collision with a truck, federal officials said Thursday, the first U.S. fatality using the new technology.

“The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said preliminary reports indicate the crash occurred when a tractor-trailer made a left turn in front of the Tesla at a highway intersection.”

Tesla driver killed in crash while using car’s ‘Autopilot’

The problem was that the car went under the side of a truck. Trucks are not required to have side guards. There was nothing for the car’s sensors to detect.

Side guards save lives.

Aaron Kiefer underride design prototype photo

Update, July 2: I’m not the only one who thinks so. . . Tesla driver killed in autopilot crash might still be alive if trailers had side underride guards

July 3, saw another article: Tesla Autopilot Fatality — Timeline & Facts and this one: Why the Tesla accident had nothing to do with the safety features of the Model S

Tesla crash fatality could have been stopped by side guards. Tell NHTSA to require them on trucks.

Featuring our story and questions: Victims of underride collision demand Vision Zero and an independent Traffic Safety Ombudsman

Save Lives

August 8, 2016 UPDATE: We have launched a petition calling upon NHTSA to issue a rule to require large trucks to have side guards to protect against deadly side underride crashes. Please sign & share

JANUARY 2017 Update: Just launched a new SIDE GUARD Petition. Please sign it! End Deadly Truck Side Underride Crashes: Mandate Side Guards

Aaron Kiefer’s TrailerSafe System:

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