IMPLICATIONS OF INCREASED LIGHT TRUCK USAGE ON ROADSIDE SAFETY

National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Project 22-11, being conducted by the Texas Transportation Institute, has the following objectives: (1) evaluation of current information on the safety performance of roadside features for each subclass of light trucks; (2) assessment of the significance of gaps in safety performance information; and (3) recommendation of priorities for future research, testing, and development needed to ensure that roadside features accommodate light trucks. The project began in June 1994 and is scheduled for completion in June 1996. This paper presents preliminary findings from Project 22-11. Specifically, information is presented on a) projected trends in light truck sales and design, b) light truck properties thought to have an influence on the impact performance of safety features, c) crash test experience with light trucks impacting roadside safety features, and d) field performance of safety features as determined from accident studies. Possible implications of increased light truck usage on roadside safety are offered. It is noted that various accident data bases will also be examined in Project 22-11 for information relative to safety feature performance for light trucks.

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    • Ross Jr, H E
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  • Publication Date: 1996-2

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  • English

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  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 4-15
  • Monograph Title: ROADSIDE SAFETY ISSUES REVISITED
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  • Accession Number: 00721423
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 10 1996 12:00AM