In order to address the decades long issue of underride crashes between semi trucks and other motor vehicles, on 12-12-17 U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) & Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced the Stop Underrides Act, S. 2219 legislation. Shortly after, U.S. Representatives Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) introduced the companion bill in the House, H.R. 4622
An ‘underride crash’ is when a car slides under the body of a large truck, such as a semi-trailer, during an accident, increasing the likelihood of death or serious injury to the passenger vehicle occupants. When these accidents happen, a car’s safety features are not able to protect passengers because most of the car slides under the trailer, and the truck crashes straight through the windows and into the passengers. This is referred to as passenger intrusion and most are fatal.
A total of 3,986 people died in large truck crashes in 2016. 17% of these deaths were truck occupants, 66 % were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 16 % were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists.
97% of vehicle occupants killed in two-vehicle crashes involving a passenger vehicle and a large truck in 2016 were occupants of the passenger vehicles.
A 1997 Institute study of fatal crashes between large trucks and passenger vehicles estimated that underride occurred in half of these crashes.
Of the underride crashes, 57% involved the front of the truck, 22% involved the rear and 20% the side.
The Stop Underrides Act bill was originally drafted by, Marianne Karth and Lois Durso. Both Marianne and Lois have lost children due to underride crashes. Marianne & husband Jerry lost their 2 daughters, AnnaLeah and Mary in 2013. This is their video story. Lois lost her daughter Roya in 2004. This is Roya’s story. This is her video story.
Neither of these tragic accidents was the fault of the 4-wheeler.
The bill was originally called the Roya, AnnaLeah and Mary Comprehensive Underride Protection Act of 2017 or the RAMCUP Act of 2017—now known as STOP Underrides Act.
Studies for both rear guards and side guards have been evaluated
The protective ability of these devices has already been proven—the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) began evaluating rear underride guards several years ago, and 2017 marked the first year for the independent, nonprofit organization to test side underride guards. Their research has helped to demonstrate how the use of strong underride guards (specifically the AngelWing from Airflow Deflector, Inc.) can prevent a car from going under a truck’s trailer during a side impact while triggering airbag and belt restraint devices to protect vehicle occupants.
What kind of burden will underride guard legislation put on the trucking industry?
On March 3rd at 6PM e.t. we will be having a discussion on AskTheTrucker ‘live” on Blog Talk Radio about underride accidents and how they can be prevented. We’ll also address deep concerns the trucking industry has with this new bill, including the burden and cost.
Underride Protection Act of 2017- Truck RearGuards & SideGuards
Call in number for the show is 347-826-9170
Our guest will be grieving parents turned safety advocates and activists Marianne & Jerry Karth and Lois Durso.
The discussion will include the Stop Underrides Act of 2017 S.2219 and H.R. 4622 and how side and rear underride guards can save hundreds of lives. Topics will include the cost feasibility, added weight, loading docks, Axle/tandems, distracted drivers and other questions the industry and drivers have.
A main focus will be to discuss solutions which can prevent underride crashes accounting for at least 300+ deaths per year.
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