Analysis of Heavy Vehicle Underride Crash Data

In this study, an analysis of crash data will be conducted to define the current rear and side underride safety problem for heavy vehicles including tractor-semitrailers, single-unit trucks, and buses. As a part of this study, supplemental Trucks in Fatal Accidents (TIFA) data will be collected for underride crashes. An analysis of crash data will be performed to determine the frequency of crash involvements for all heavy vehicles. Also, the study will examine rear underride safety standards in other countries (e.g., Canada, European Union, and Japan) to determine if these additional requirements would address more crashes than what is currently addressed by the current Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) standards for underride protection in the U.S.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: Crash Avoidance and Heavy Trucks


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  • Status: Active
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Svenson, Alrik

  • Performing Organizations:

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg

    Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
    3500 Transportation Research Plaza
    Blacksburg, VA  United States  24061
  • Start Date: 20120510
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 30949

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01465149
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:56PM