Tennessee Highway Medians May Not be Strong Enough to Hold Back a Semi-Truck

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Following a truck crash in Kentucky that killed 10 others along with the truck driver, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling for stronger median barriers separating two-way traffic. In the Kentucky truck accident, the semi crossed the median and drove right through cable cord barriers into oncoming traffic, colliding with a passenger van. Despite the cables being designed to stop a driver from crossing into traffic, the truck accident shows that the cords are certainly not strong enough to stop a semi-truck. Similar cable barriers are used throughout Tennessee and the Mid-South. One problem with changing this highway safety…

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NTSB Renews Call for Stability Controls in Trucks, School Buses

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

After research confirmed the effectiveness of electronic stability controls (ESC) and rollover stability control (RSC) in preventing rollovers, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) renewed its recommendation to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for regulation requiring trucks and buses to be equipped with stability controls. The recommendation, delivered by NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman, was the result of an investigation into a 2009 semi-truck crash in Indiana. The semi was carrying over 9,000 gallons of liquid propane when it swerved to avoid a Volvo on an interchange linking two interstates. The trailer carrying the propane detached from the semi…

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