One Corvette was involved in a serious accident

Posted on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 , 07:03:11 byEmil

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One Corvette was involved in a serious accident


It will be a little hard to believe, but the driver of this Corvette managed to escape with only non-life threatening injuries from the accident. To be more precise, the man slammed into the back of this moving truck and still survived. The accident took place very close to Los Angeles, on the 4th of March on the southbound 405 Freeway. The fire department said that they had to raise the moving truck to extricate the driver, who managed to escape decapitation by only ducking prior to impact. What exactly saved the life of this man? The answer for this question is a Mansfield Bar called this was because the low-hanging bar affixed to the rear of semi truck trailers that became mandatory thanks to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration after the death of Jayne Mansfield in 1967. She died from a rear-end collision with a tractor trailer. This feature is designed to prevent under-riding. Actually, the rules governing them were revised to lower the bar to 22-inches off the ground. This idea was well received, but unfortunately, sports cars like this Corvette have leading edges that are low enough to clear them. The situation becomes even more dangerous when the car is braking hard and its weight lowers the nose.



So, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety managed to conduct different tests on currently sold tractors found out that even though all examples tested prevented under-riding during a full-width crash, the effectiveness decreased rapidly when the overlap of vehicles and bar was reduced to 50 % and 30 %. This last case only one trailer managed to prevent under-riding, despite all of the trailers passing current US and Canadian crash standards. The driver was very lucky, but the crash-worthiness of the Corvette and the Mansfield Bar saved him from death. Source: autoblog



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