Doubt the difference a properly installed underride guard can make? The truck on the left meets
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- RTV6 (WRTV - Indianapolis): Doubt the difference a properly installed underride guard can make? The truck on the left meets
Doubt the difference a properly installed underride guard can make? The truck on the left meets federal standards, but the truck on the right has a stronger one. In Kara Kenney WRTV's special report last night, an Indianapolis-based crash analyst said guards often fail "because of poor maintenance, poor repair, or it's just been ignored." What do you think? Details: http://bit.ly/100103A
(Type: photo | Published: 2013-04-30T13:46:04+0000)
[nick o'neill] - Eye-opening!
[corrine galli] - What's the speeds in the test? The following distance? When was the break pedal applied? Ie: was the car driver paying attention? Most cars are kept in poor repair as well or ignored.
[keath rhymer] - england has far superior guards on their trailers and has had for years.
[sandy riddell wagner] - England has a lot of things under better control than here ... food additives, safety requirements, etc. Seems we're not world leaders here anymore, but world followers and most times not following fast enough. Thanks RTV6 for bringing this to the public's attention. At least maybe people won't tailgate.
[janet lynn mayrose] - All rear end collisions are preventable. I think I'm missing the point here. You're telling me an 80,000 lb semi can stop faster than a 4-door sedan? Huh uh... Truck drivers deserve a break.
[john goofball karpuk] - Well if there wasn't axel weight limits the tandems can provide extra cushion as well...I know I have been rear ended and the bumper worked fine but car still went under cause I didn't have any weight..I was empty..o car pushed the trailer up...but its tailgating ...people don't know how to drive these days...either pic shows what tailgating does. .that's the real problem
[rtv6 (wrtv - indianapolis)] - The speed in both tests was 35 mph.
[erik pitner] - The best underride guard is a safe following distance and paying attention.
[kent clark] - I think you shouldn't tailgate other vehicles and then this type of accident is more than likely avoidable! SLOW DOWN! BACK OFF!
[dustin r pearce] - Put the cell phone down and drive. Its not the semi's fault it the driver behind.
[kristi weber burcham] - I think the best safety measure you can take is to remove your head from your rear and pay attention to the road!
[scott pyle] - Duck!
[january woodard] - Wow
[eric bair] - So let me get this straight. The owners of semi trailers should add more cost to trucking because people don't pay attention or practice bad driving habits when following them? It's not the truck drivers fault that the cars behind them hit them. The problem is the idiots, and we need to stop "protecting" them.
[john goofball karpuk] - I love how media insinuates and passes blame on what common sense would say otherwise in its reports...just like passing blame on guns when its the insane is the problem .. or blame the womans vagina for political agendas.....journalism is dead...its now a popularity race for the most ratings at the right price ....just as a narcissistic egomaniac fishing for the most likes on Facebook ...yea you might get some truth but sprinkling alittle sugar on poop doesn't make it pleasant or smearing alittle poop on the Mona Lisa isn't right either ....the truth is boring but at least integrety and character shine brighter when truth isn't tainted...
[penny basey prince] - I can't stand riding next to one either cause if he come In my lane it would be neck high. They should be required to hve long sides and a Longer bumper
[adam duncan] - The way i see it the trailer manufacturer in 2007 gave a crap and in 2012 they were saving money by making the guard out of cheaper steel
[tom thompson] - You should NEVER ride beside a truck....you're probably in their "blind spot". If they come over (into your lane) they probably didn't see you.
[adam duncan] - and strike that reverse it
[adam duncan] - lmao
[adam duncan] - in 2012 they were making a better gaurd
[betty nelle carroll] - I think stop tailgaiting and pay attention.
[jeremy allton] - But in this society it's not your fault. It's someone else's fault. Never mind you weren't paying attention and hit the truck. And oh, by the way, now the cost of all your goods will go up because of this and you will whine and cry. Put your face back in your iPhone, stay at home, and bah like the sheep you all are.
[john w remley] - if a car hits it hard enough it will break or bend anyway. I have been rearended by a car and luckily he wasnt injured that bad.
[john w remley] - i drive a truck and i never ride beside one. I am not worried about him crossing into my lane, i am worried about one of trk or trl tires blowing out. That rubber can come thru the windshield and kill.
[tess denton leonard] - In the US, this is called a "Mansfield Bar" and named for the actress Jayne Mansfield who died in an accident just like this one in 1967 and brought public attention to this safety hazard. Countless lives have been saved because of it.
[p eric shaw] - Pass a law like Washington State.....Required Safety Inspections on ALL OTR Trucks and their Trailers. The "True Cost" of that service is charged to the truck/trailer owners...and there are Many fines for false inspection logs or driver logs that are caught. Improved safety for everyone, and since Indiana is the Main Trucking Route for the NAFTA Highway 69....we Must Protect the Citizens of our State...Now, not later
[p eric shaw] - And Step up enforcement of cars that tailgate semis, speeders, and idiots on cell phones while driving
[rick hostetler] - ouch
[eric bair] - P Eric Shaw all trucks already have inspections in every state.
[mark singer] - Here's another idea. Pay attention to the vehicle ahead of you!!
[david wilkerson] - Or keep your hand on the seat recliner at all time when driving. If this happens lay down real fast and you might make it! lol jk
[dan duncan] - I drive for Walmart and they replace these DOT numbers as soon as any damage to them is reported
[dan duncan] - Bumpers
[david moulder] - Guy in Kokomo was killed this morning rear ending a tractor trailer in his truck. Guard or no guard people still die. Kokomotribune.com
[heather wisner] - We can't keep looking at ways to blame a tractor/trailor (or the truckdriver) that's what this is doing. Drivers of cars are responsible for watching out for the traffic in front of the and around them, if a driver in front of them slows or stops it is a drivers responsibility to not be distracted and rear end the driver in front of them. This wouldn't be a big deal if we were discussing drivers rear ending of drivers, but since it involves a semi its a big deal. Use some COMMON SENSE people SLOW DOWN and DON'T TAILGATE!!
[john mccreary] - accidents happen; we can teach people to watch where they're going. We can tell them to maintain their vehicles, so they have good brakes. Even in these cases, accidents will still happen. It is not the truck driver's fault if she gets rear-ended, but that doesn't keep the person behind the wheel of the car that hits the trailer alive. True, these accidents are often the fault of the person who ends up going under the trailer and dying, but sometimes they are not. The device in question is merely another way to save lives. If you try to beat the train and get hit, regardless of whose fault it is, you're either seriously injured or dead. Cleaning the gene pool in some cases, yes, but if one of your loved ones died, would you feel better about their death, knowing it was their fault? Would this make you miss the person any less? If the device helps to save lives, seems it might be a good thing. Then again, in a world where money has a higher value than life...
[donna aguilar] - Things like this are the reason I roll my eyes & grumble at the commercials of lawyer's wanting to help you sue "big trucking companies". I used to drive and on occasion of a closer haul one of my kids would ride along. It took them NO time to see how idiotic drivers are around a semi. Folks stupidly tailgate our trailer to draft off of us saving mpg then sue when 'things go bad.'
[donna aguilar] - My personal opinion .... add cameras just like cops have .... one mounted in the cab, another on the trailer. Sue me now bitches, you're on candid camera! Yes, I'm still bitter after a woman side-swiped me in Kentucky then tried suing us for 5 mill.
[brian young] - To P Eric Shaw . I can tell you have never been any where involved in the trucking industy , if you had you would know that in this day and age the laws pretaining to trucks and safe operation as well as maintaining are more strick than they've ever been before . So before you comment on the industry learn about it and not from th media , but from the men and women that supply Americas needs . Walk a mile in our shoes .