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Side Impact Car Accidents

Approximately 160,000 people are involved in accidents where the side of the passenger car impacts a fixed roadside object such as a tree, utility pole, light support, etc. More than 1,600 occupants-- about one in 100--are killed. The annual cost to society is $3 billion each year.

Given the magnitude of the problem, serious thought must be given to reducing this tragedy. NHTSA, FHWA, and the automobile industry must recognize that the vehicle and the roadway cannot be treated separately. The crashworthiness of cars and the design of roadside safety hardware represent a system. Treatment of the vehicle and the roadway as a system means that many of the concepts that have been used in the past must be re-examined. It may be that the current notions favoring redirection when cars impact guardrails and roadside safety hardware that breaks away on impact need to be re-examined. It may also mean that the current dynamic side impact test standard, Federal Motor Safety Standard (FMVSS) 214, should include a car-to-fixed-object test as well as the current car-to-car test.

Additional work on side impacts into fixed objects is planned by FHWA. It is anticipated that much of the work will be coordinated with NHTSA with three ideas in mind. First, FHWA, NHTSA, and the automobile industry need to agree on a standard set of analytic tools so that data can be shared and understood. Secondly, there needs to be a standard vehicle adopted by FHWA, NHTSA, and the automobile industry that can be used for the design of roadside appurtenances under side-impact conditions. Such a vehicle should represent the best thinking on how future vehicles will be constructed. Third, the design of roadside safety appurtenances may require changes in both existing hardware and automobile side structure.

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FHWA online article.

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