In 1971 J. Standard Baker Quoted " Drivers Towing Trailers Are Four (4) Times As Unsafe As Those In Cars Alone!
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling for new truck safety standards in the wake of the recent tractor trailer crash that killed four north country men on Interstate 81.
Schumer was in St. Lawrence County Friday, where he said the federal government should require trucks to be equipped with energy-absorbing underride guards.
Schumer said the accident in the Oswego County town of Sandy Creek shows the urgent need to improve truck safety in order to better protect drivers and passengers involved in truck underride crashes.
On the night of July 5, a milk tanker swerved on Route 81 to avoid striking deer on the highway.
The truck jackknifed, blocking both northbound lanes.
According to police, two vehicles were unable to avoid striking the tanker and passed under the trailer.
Killed in the crash were:
State Police have identified the four people as:
- 52 year old Moonjohn Kim, who was an interventional radiologist at Watertown's Samaritan Medical Center
- 50 year old Corey Moore, Canton
- 58 year old Gregg Williams, DeKalb Junction
- 63 year old Roderick Cota, Norwood
Moore, Williams and Cota were employed by the Canton-based R.B. Lawrence Ambulance Company.
Schumer met with family and members of the ambulance company Friday to push for improvements in truck safety.
“Safety should be paramount, no question. And I recognize it does cost money and I think the government should try to augment some of that cost,” said R.B. Lawrence, owner of R.B. Lawrence Ambulance.
Schumer said the federal government should require trucks to be equipped with side underride guards. He also called for new research into front underride guard standards.
Schumer said the safety benefits of underride guards are proven and well-known and that these new safety requirements can help protect all New Yorkers on the road.
The National Safety Transportation Board has found them effective.
“They found that hundreds, hundreds each year of fatalities like this one would be preventable," said Schumer (D. - NY).
Schumer is specifically calling for three critical safety improvements:
- Update the truck rear underride guard standard. The current standards for rear underride guards are outdated dated and do not work as effectively with modern vehicles now equipped with crumple zones and airbag deployment sensors.
- Require trucks be equipped with side underride guards. Side underride guards are currently not required on trucks, but research has demonstrated considerable driver and passenger safety improvements with their addition
- Study truck front underride guards. Research should be conducted to establish the most effective approach front underride guard standards.
Since large trucks typically sit far higher than passenger vehicles, Schumer said underride guards along the rear and sides of the truck can help prevent vehicles from going underneath the truck in an accident and in many instances can make the accidents that do occur far less devastating.
While some trucks are already equipped with this technology, many are not and that's why Schumer is calling for quick action on a federal standard.
Schumer said the lack of side underride guards allowed the cars under the truck in the Route 81 accident. Schumer said if the truck had side underride guards, the drivers and passengers in the vehicles could have been better protected.
We fully support the awareness of poor underride bars and the loss of life due to this issue. We simply state the facts. If this gets the attention of Senator Chuck Schumer and remember it's the people driving the vehicle that is hitting the trailer....then why not people who tow defective and homemade trailers and since 1975 over 24,500 dead, men, women, children, 28 cops, 2 firemen and 1 FBI agent that we know of all by these defective trailers built to NO NATIONAL SAFETY STANDARD that simply comes loose and kills randomly.
Should we not address all of these preventable deaths? Why are people towing homemade trailers on public roads that have no safety standards? Senator Chuck Schumer has never answered my questions.
Why 6 States have no safety chain law
Why 12 States have no registrations for trailers
Why have over 100,000 horses been killed by these trailers when they come loose?
Senator Chuck Schumer How many Americans have been killed by under ride accidents?
Fatal Crash Prompts Schumer To Call For Truck Safety ImprovementsPosted: Jul 21, 2017 1:34 PM EST Updated Jul 21, 2017 3:40 PM EST