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Auto Industry Encourages Improvements in Semi-Trucks


WASHINGTON D.C. (WKZO) --  Cars that tangle with semi-trucks usually do not fare very well but designs and guards that can make collisions between the two less deadly are being developed, and crash tests conducted.

Crashing them into each other in controlled settings is the insurance industry’s way of trying to convince truck manufacturers that their trucks and trailers need improvement.

The Insurance Institute’s David Zuby says the guards that hang down off the back of trailers do a good job of keeping cars from going under the trailers and suffering shearing accidents. They say side rails would keep them from doing the same in t-bone crashes.

They say they hope the data will convince the industry to voluntarily make improvements or the Government to mandate them.