To demonstrate and quantify the damage severity of an underride collision at moderate speeds, The Institute for Safety Analysis conducted four crash tests in December 1984 involving four separate automobiles driven into the trailer portion of a combination vehicle which was stationary and parked at nearly a right angle across the roadway. The test vehicles were: 1979 Chevrolet Chevette 4-door; 1972 Toyota Corona Mark II 2-door hardtop; 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 2-door; 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 2-door. The stationary target unit was an 18-wheel semi-tractor trailer. The impact area was the driver side between the third and fourth axles. Impact angle between the vehicle longitudinal axes was approximately 65 degrees. Impact speeds were determined by a calibrated Decati Electronics, Inc. radar gun.

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  • Authors:
    • Wakefield, B D
    • Cothern, J E
  • Publication Date: 1994-11


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 34-38
  • Serial:
    • Accident Reconstruction Journal
    • Volume: 6
    • Issue Number: 6
    • Publisher: National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists
    • ISSN: 1057-8153

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00672426
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 24 1995 12:00AM