Hundreds of people die every year when pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, and passenger vehicles go underneath trucks. Over 4,000 have died during the past 19 years since the last underride regulation was issued in 1998. Families of victims and safety advocates are calling for an end to preventable truck underride tragedies.
It can happen to anyone -- even if their car has a 5-Star Crash Rating. It can happen anywhere. It happened to 17-year-old AnnaLeah and 13-year-old Mary Karth when their car went under the rear of a semi-trailer in Georgia on May 4, 2013. And it happened to 26-year-old Roya Sadigh when her car went under the side of a truck in Indiana on November 24, 2004.
U.S. regulators have debated for decades about how to stop the tragedy of underride deaths -- including, since 1969, the possibility of requiring underride protection to be added to the sides of large trucks. But they have not done so, even though engineers have already found ways to solve this problem.
It's time for Congress to mandate that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration update underride regulations, and for the trucking industry to install effective underride protection. The STOP Underrides! Bill -- introduced by Senator Gillibrand (D-NY), Senator Rubio (R-FL), Congressman Cohen (D-TN), and Congressman DeSaulnier (D-CA) on December 12th will allow creative engineers to put effective underride protections on every truck, and help end preventable underride tragedies.
Please sign this petition to generate an email telling your legislators to co-sponsor this life-saving legislation. Be sure to add a Comment which will be included in that email. Then take these steps to put even more pressure on Congress to do the right thing.
New compelling short video on Death By Underride from Cool Breeze Studio: https://youtu.be/eUAhfk8AsU8
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Also, we are working on plans to hold an underride crash test in DC to Convince Congress. Pray for all the details to come together for this event. Thank you!
Update #16 months ago
DOT and the Senate Commerce Committee heard your demand for action when we delivered 44,000+ signatures last week. We must continue to work to remove opposition from the trucking industry and Republican legislators in order to get this bill passed.
Meanwhile, we invite families of underride victims to support underride research to save lives. http://annaleahmary.com/2018/01/families-of-underride-victims-unite-to-support-development-of-a-trailerguard-system-to-save-others/