This paper describes the research and testing being performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Vehicle Research and Test Center (VRTC) to study the aggressivity of heavy trucks in collisions with passenger cars. The background for this activity is described. A detailed analysis of the NASS accident hardcopies was performed separately to study the distribution of impact geometries and speeds of accidents involving heavy trucks and passenger cars. The front impact made between heavy trucks and cars was found to be the predominant impact configuration in such collisions. It was therefore decided to study various impact modes involving truck and car fronts. The crash tests described were conducted by the Transportation Research Center, Inc. (TRC).

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  • Authors:
    • Prasad, A
    • Clarke, R
    • Willke, D
    • Monk, M
  • Publication Date: 1998-8


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 22-43
  • Serial:
    • Accident Reconstruction Journal
    • Volume: 10
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists
    • ISSN: 1057-8153

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  • Accession Number: 00778607
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 3 1999 12:00AM