Some might be hesitant about the comprehensive underride protection legislation mainly out of concern over the Retrofitting Requirement of the STOP Underrides! Bill.
Ask me if I would be willing to compromise and take out the retrofit requirement! How many people might die as a result? The trailer which we crashed into is probably still on the road with a weak rear underride guard. Along with millions of others.
Why is it that they are being allowed to “get away with murder” just because it will cost the industry some money to strengthen these rear guards?
Just imagine for a moment that somebody had done something in 2008 to introduce a Comprehensive Underride Protection Bill. But let’s say that they decided not to require retrofitting; so only new trailers would be improved starting in perhaps 2012.
So the Great Dane trailer built in 2007, which we crashed into on May 4, 2013, would not have been required to be retrofitted. It would have been left with its original rear underride guard which was designed to meet the 1998 federal (current) standard and, therefore, would have been weak and ineffective.
My daughters still would have been killed! They would not have been protected from Death by Underride — despite the fact that a solution would have existed which might have prevented their untimely deaths.
So, ask me again. . . “Do you want to compromise and take the retrofit requirement out of the STOP Underrides! Bill?” What do you think?
After all, we have decades of deaths and neglect to make up.
Becoming educated about underride was not a direction I had planned on going with my life and time. But I have gained a great deal of knowledge related to the fact that AnnaLeah’s and Mary’s deaths (and Roya’s, too, along with countless other individual loved ones) might have been prevented had adequate underride protection been on the truck, into which our sturdy Crown Vic crashed — along with the fact that many more countless, unknown individuals will die unless this country takes decisive action.
This information, along with my unresolved grief due to the frustration of knowing that years have gone by without effective protection, fuels my efforts to work collaboratively to bring about widespread and significant change. It is now my aim to equip everyone with the same information — without the accompanying unwanted grief.
When you think about it, this should really be a win/win situation. Here is Truck Underride 101: Part IV Win/Win.
Job Creation Quite simply put, a mandate for comprehensive underride protection (which some members of the manufacturing industry have said would take the burden off of them to persuade their customers to install these safety features) would lead to a demand for equipment which would, in effect, create new jobs.
Fuel Savings/Super Truck Project:
Underride Protection: RETROFIT
A Question About FMCSA Monitoring & Enforcement of Underride Guards
Stoughton Offers Retrofit Kit For New Rear Impact Guard
- Stoughton improved underride guards–standard “at no cost or weight penalty.”
- Great Dane Trailer Crash Test at IIHS; Receives Toughguard Award For Improved Rear Underride Guard
- “Great Dane receives TOUGHGUARD award for under-ride safety guards”
- Enforcement of Proper Underride Guard Maintenance
- As part of crash testing a prototype side guard, I purchased a replacement part for an older, ineffective rear underride guard. It cost $125. Stoughton’s new & improved Retrofit Kit costs about $500 and it will save lives! Unexpected adventure: mom rustles up a truck part to repair a damaged underride guard!
- From the RAMCUP (Roya, AnnaLeah & Mary Comprehensive Underride Protection Act): TRAILER REAR UNDERRIDE GUARD REPAIR GUIDELINES SHOULD BE PROMULGATED AND ENFORCED BY FMCSA (1) FMCSR 303.86, which became effective on October 1, 1999, requires that equipment users maintain the underride guard in a close-to-like new condition. This, in part, means that it shall not deviate improperly from the dimensions given.(2) Rear impact guards shall be regularly inspected for cracked welds, cracked or fractured vertical members, cuts and tears in any member and for dimensional integrity.
(3) Trailer manufacturers shall provide Retrofit Kits, which meet the highest standard of underride protection. These shall be installed on trucks with rear underride guards. . . The TTMA shall be encouraged to provide a Generic Retrofit Kit.
Second Collision: Crash Avoidance/Underride Protection: What is a “Second Collision”? Read about it here: Second Collision and Underride Protection
BOTH/AND and opposing arguments: This post contains numerous links dealing with the issue of crash avoidance vs underride protection: Preventing deadly crashes doesn’t require Either crash avoidance Or underride guards but Both/And.