The agency will work with police from at least two large states over the next two years to obtain crash data involving tractor-trailers, bobtail tractors and medium and heavy-duty single-unit trucks. The data will include the basic state crash report plus a supplemental form indicating whether or not the vehicle was ABS-equipped. A second form will describe the rear impact guar on the trailer and damage pattern on the passenger vehicle for accidents in which a truck or tractor/trailer was hit in the rear by a passenger vehicle.
NHTSA expects to compile accident reports on approximately 10,000 tractor-trailer crashes and 5,000 single unit truck crashes. It estimates about 1,000 truck-trailer accidents and 700 straight truck accidents will involve rear-end collisions by passenger vehicles. Data collection will begin in January 2001.
The plan is available on the Internet at www.nhtsa.dot/gov/cars/rules/regrev/evaluate/121223.html. Suggestions or comments on the evaluation plan may be submitted to Charles J. Kahane, chief, Evaluation Div., NPP-22, Plans and Policy, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Room 5208, 400 Seventh Street, SW, Washington, D.C., 20590. Telephone: (202) 366-2560. FAX: (202) 366-2559. E-mail: [email protected]