Truck underride guards often fail, study says 

Courtney L. Davenport                                                                                                       May 5, 2011


Underride guards on the backs of large trucks frequently fail to prevent a passenger vehicle from sliding under a truck during a collision, according to a report issued last month by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

“Hitting the

The trucking industry has again gotten the Obama administration to weaken how the SMS data available for public review can be used. The current warning never went through the approval process and the industry brought a lawsuit to change the warning. The FMCSA could have done away with the warning all together adopt the industry

A new study, discussed below, by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that rear truck underride guards are inadequate, and collisions like the one shown above should never have the catastrophic damages that they so often do in the US.

Now there are many reasons that cars hit tractor trailers in the rear, sometimes it is

A deal has been announced with Mexico, reportedly allowing Mexican trucks to drive in the US. The new deal has some stricter requirements for these than originally proposed under NAFTA. I have previously posted on safety issues with Mexican trucking companies here, here, and here amongst others.

I have not had a chance to digest the current agreement, but will

So tomorrow is Christmas and I have some time to slow down and be thankful. It has been a hard year all in all, but I have much to be grateful for:

First, my mother is out of the hospital after some surgery. Home for Christmas with snow on the way.

Second my children, two of