Evaluating the Efficacy of Safety Measures on Truck Bodies for Protection of Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and Personal Vehicles 785035
Recent efforts to lessen the danger of automobile accidents have
almost completely ignored trucks. The paper studies improvements of
truck bodies in terms of the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, and
automobiles, and rates their efficacy and cost.
Tests have shown that certain, previous safety measures
incorporated into truck body design have not been effective.
Protective devices for the truck's front (for protection
against being run over by the truck), sides (similar protection),
rear (protection against driving into the rear of the truck's
chassis), and further improvements to frontal surfaces (to lessen
impact) are presented. These measures may be for the protection of
pedestrians, bicyclists, cars, or a combination thereof.
Installation costs for these measures are estimated, and efficacy
in terms of number of potentially avoided injuries is discussed. On
the basis of cost and efficacy, a list of priorities of these
safety measures is presented
H. Appel, K. Langwieder, V. Middelhauve
17th FISITA Congress (1978), Budapest, Hungary