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NTSB Probing Deadly Tesla Underride Crash in Florida

The driver of a 2018 Tesla Model 3 was killed in Delray Beach, Florida, March 1 when the electrical vehicle hit the side of a tractor-trailer turning left. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said that Jeremy Beren Banner, 50, was driving his Tesla southbound on State Road 7 when it struck the side of a tractor-trailer turning left onto the divided highway. The underride crash sheered the roof off the Tesla. Mr. Banner died at the scene. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sent a team of three investigators to look into the crash. The federal agency has taken an ... Read More

Truck Underride Survivor Pushes For Tractor-Trailer Safety

Anita Bomgaars was just 19 when a tractor-trailer entered her lane and crashed into her car head-on, resulting in an underride crash that left her multiple debilitating injuries. Now 63, the Iowa resident has become one of the leading advocates of the Stop Underrides Act, a bipartisan bill introduced in 2017 that would require tractor-trailers and other heavy trucks to be equipped with side underride guards. The bill also seeks to raise standards for the already-required rear-underride guards that all tractor-trailers have. Ms. Bomgaars told the Sioux City Journal that she was driving from her parents’ home in Sioux Center, ... Read More

Sen. Schumer Calls For Tractor-Trailer Underride Guard Improvements

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer joined the family of a New York man who died in an underride collision with a tractor-trailer Jan. 2 in pushing for new safety standards for commercial trucks that could save hundreds of lives a year. Sen. Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader, said in a statement that the tractor-trailer crash that killed Edward “Eto” Torres on I-90 western New York demonstrates the “urgent need” for federal requirements mandating tractor-trailers be equipped with side and front underride guards. Currently, tractor-trailers are required to have rear-underride guards only, but those guards don’t protect motorists in smaller vehicles ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Side Underride Crash Kills Nevada Girl

A side underride crash involving a tractor-trailer and a van full of children left a 3-year-old girl dead and three others injured in Nevada Saturday, Nov. 18. The driver of the tractor-trailer is facing criminal charges after making an illegal turn on I-15 in the Moapa Indian Reservation north of Las Vegas. According to the St. George News, the Nevada State Police said that both the tractor-trailer and a Kia van were traveling northbound. The tractor-trailer was driving in the right lane and the van was traveling in the left lane, behind the truck. The driver of the tractor-trailer then ... Read More

Underride Guard Tests Bittersweet for Parents of Tractor-Trailer Crash Victims

Two mothers who lost their children in side-underride crashes with tractor-trailers broke down after witnessing a crash test for trailer guards that revealed such technology could have saved their children’s lives. Organized by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the crash tests showed how metal guards running alongside the bottom of trailers can effectively prevent cars and other smaller passenger vehicles from being sheared off at the top when striking a tractor-trailer from the side. For Marianne Karth and Lois Durso, the tests results were bittersweet. Ms. Karth told Washington D.C.’s WUSA Channel 9 that she felt “thankful and ... Read More

Truck Underride Guard Regulations Need Improvement

Rear underride guards on tractor trailers have been mandatory for decades, but the requirements and standards for these safety devices, which are supposed to prevent smaller vehicles from sliding under taller trucks, are so lax that motorists continue to be killed in collisions with the backs of tractor trailers. This horrifying scenario played out in the life of Marianne Karth and her family in 2013. Ms. Karth was traveling from North Carolina to Texas to celebrate four of her children’s college graduations and her oldest daughter’s wedding. Two of her younger children, AnnaLeah, 17, and Mary, 13, were riding in ... Read More

Deadly Side Underride Crash Spurs Call For Regulations

A deadly side underride crash involving a tractor-trailer and two cars that killed four people on I-81 in New York July 7 has renewed a push by a legislators and safety advocates to mandate side guards on tractor trailers and other heavy trucks. That crash prompted U. S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) and families devastated by horrific side-underride crashes to call on Congress to pass a bill that would mandate side underride protection on both tractor-trailers and all heavy single-unit trucks, such as cement mixers and dump trucks. Underride crashes render airbags and other crash protection obsolete because ... Read More