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Truck and Trailer Side Guards Being Pushed and Sold

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Seattle DOT's concrete mixer truck has a Walker Blocker side guard to close the gap ahead of the rear tandem's wheels.

December 21, 2017

Side guards add weight and cost, and might never come into play in months and years of service. One could say the same about most safety equipment - but accidents do happen. Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Tags: Fatal Accidents, Underride Guard, Safety, Truck Side Guards, Side Guards

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, December 21, 2017 1:36 PM | » Comments(1)

Driverless Tesla vs. Parked Trailer: Owner's Fault?

Was a "beta-test" version of the advanced electric car's control software to blame?

Car was short enough to slip under the trailer and its load and suffer only a smashed windshield. Photos: from KSL-TV news report.

May 12, 2016

Rear-underride collisions upset safety advocates because they badly hurt auto drivers and passengers. What about a front-underride incident with no driver and no injuries?

Tags: Underride Guard, Underride, Safety, Driver Safety

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, May 12, 2016 11:55 AM | » Comments(3)

Stronger Impact Guards Are Already Here

Canadian-spec "bumpers" have been standard on vans and reefers for a decade or more, so the feds' upcoming mandate for stronger equipment is not a big deal.

Is that bumper a Canadian- or American-spec? It could be either. Photo: Tom Berg

March 2, 2016

Absorbing an extra 5 mph amounts to almost double the force that slams into a trailer's rear, but isn't that expensive to produce, explains Tom Berg in his Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Underride Guard, Trailers, Safety, Regulations

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, March 2, 2016 6:56 AM | » Comments(2)

Crash Argues for Better Impact Guards, and Better Driving

You’d think the woman driving the van would’ve seen the rig sitting there with its tail and marker lights on, and its red-and-white reflectors aglow from her van’s headlights.

In spite of the underride, the van's driver door opened and the motorist removed that way. Photo: Tom Berg, image via WCMH-TV

August 14, 2015

Senior Editor Tom Berg ponders fatal rear-end crashes -- a type of crash that killed a college buddy many years ago.

Tags: Fatal Accidents, Underride Guard

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, August 14, 2015 2:00 PM | » Comments(0)

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