Many of those accidents happen even when crash barriers are installed out front. Typically such barriers are yellow, consisting basically of a steel pipe filled in the middle with concrete.
“They fail repeatedly across the United States, regularly,” said Mike Schram of TrafficGuard, a company that manufactures barriers. But now, new technology could stop cars in their tracks before such accidents occur.
TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen visited the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, where various crash tests are conducted. When a crash test car was flung at a concrete-filled barrier at about 20 miles per hour — parking lot speed — the car knocked it down like a bowling pin.
Schram explained that a new stainless steel barrier design is much stronger. “It’ll last a lot longer, lower maintenance,” he added.
When the same car was sent down the same track at 20 mph at a stainless steel barrier, the barrier stopped the car. When the test was repeated at 30 mph, the new barrier design still held up.
Crash barriers are not required at most stores and businesses nationwide. The Storefront Safety Council is hoping that changes before more people are hurt.
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Protective Barriers to Prevent Storefront CrashesTrafficGuard CEO, Mike Schram, interviewed by ABC local on deadly storefront crashes.
Vehicle crashes into buildings happen more often than you think. An advocacy group called the Storefront Safety Council estimates that cars accidentally plow into buildings 60 times a day across the country. The result: More than 4,000 injuries and up to 500 deaths a year.
The leading cause of the accidents: Driver and pedal error, combined with parking lot designs where cars are pointed at buildings.
Read on to learn how bollards help protect customers and employees.
New Barriers Tested to Keep Vehicles from Entering BuildingsTrafficGuard CEO, Mike Schram, interviewed by Click2Houston on vehicle barrier testing.
Horrifying car crashes, not out on the highway, but inside stores and restaurants, as cars smash their way into buildings.
According to the Storefront Safety Council, it happens 60 times a day in this country, killing 500 people a year, injuring more than 4,000.
Read on to learn how bollards keep vehicles from entering buildings.
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As terrorists overseas increasingly turn to vehicles as weapons, cities across the United States, concerned such attacks could happen here, are ramping up security in public spaces to protect areas with heavy pedestrian traffic.
Read on to learn how cities are protecting themselves.