WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an effort to improve the safety of tractor-trailers, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued seven recommendations to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“Millions of large trucks travel our roadways every day, transporting goods and keeping the American economy moving,” said NTSB chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. “But research shows that eliminating blind spots and underride events would reduce fatalities and injuries involving other road users.”
The recommendations were derived from an NTSB safety study conducted in 2012 and other research that identified statistics claiming 500 deaths occur each year due to collisions with the sides of tractor trailers. The recommendations urge the NHTSA to require that newly made trucks and trailers be equipped with side underride protection.
The NTSB also urged the NHTSA to address the issue of data collection. When in a collision, details of the trailer component are normally missing from federal and state databases. This information could help evaluate safety standard and determine which equipment should be altered to reduce injury to passengers.