We launched an Interactive Underride Crash Story Map earlier this week. We have only just begun to add links for the thousands of underride tragedies which are too well remembered in the decades of neglect of this problem. Many families may not even have realized that they lost their loved one because of preventable underride.
I heard from Andy Young today. He will be the Moderator for the Panel Discussion at the Underride Roundtable next week. He is eagerly anticipating that event after just returning from attending “The Commercial Vehicle” show in Birmingham England. He said that he has lots to share from that experience. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.
I am also happy to be able to say that at the Underride Roundtable on May 5, 2016, over 65 representatives from the trucking industry, government, safety advocates, engineers, crash reconstructionists, attorneys, and media will be on hand at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Vehicle Research Center to “sit down at the table together” and discuss and demonstrate truck underride crashes.
This group will include representatives from:
Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association
American Trucking Associations
Seven Hills Engineering
Accident Research Specialists
Truck Safety Coalition
AnnaLeah & Mary for Truck Safety
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
East Carolina University
National Transportation Safety Board, Office of Highway Safety
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
J. Hunt Transport
Injury and Crash Analysis
Smart Cap Technologies
UNC Highway Safety Research Center
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center
NYC Citywide Adminstrative Services
Nurenberg Paris Law Firm
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance
Sanders & Parks Law Firm
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
North Carolina Department of Transportation
Great Dane Trailers
North Carolina State Highway Patrol
City of Boston, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics
Underride victims and families
and joined by an unknown number of individuals globally as the event will be livestreaming at this webcast link.
It is unfortunate that, over the decades in which no adequate solution to this tragic problem has come about, there has been much miscommunication, misunderstanding, misinformation, and mistakes made. I, for one, am ready to encourage things to move forward with positive momentum–aiming for the best possible underride protection.
We included a request to address front underride in our AnnaLeah and Mary Stand Up For Truck Safety Petition. The response was that they would issue a separate decision on it at a future time:
Grant Of Petition For Rulemaking.
By initiating rulemaking to consider enhancing related safety standards, this notice grants the part of the petition for rulemaking submitted by Ms. Marianne Karth and the Truck Safety Coalition (Petitioners) requesting that the agency improve the safety of rear impact (underride) guards on trailers and single unit trucks. Based on the petition, available information, and the agency’s analysis in progress, NHTSA has decided that the Petitioners’ request related to rear impact guards merits further consideration. Therefore, the agency grants the Petitioners’ request to initiate rulemaking on rear impact guards. NHTSA is planning on issuing two separate notices—an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking pertaining to rear impact guards and other safety strategies for single unit trucks, and a notice of proposed rulemaking focusing on rear impact guards on trailers and semitrailers. NHTSA is still evaluating the Petitioners’ request to improve side guards and front override guards and will issue a separate decision on those aspects of the petition at a later date.