posted on February 27, 2017 20:53
Stoughton Trailers is exhibiting at the 2017 TMC Annual Meeting
and Transportation Technology Exhibition February 27 through March 2 in
Nashville, Tenn., where the company will present new standard safety features
on its 2017 trailers.
Stoughton Trailers will be displaying a 53-foot dry van trailer to highlight new 2017
design features, as well as hosting a press conference on Tuesday, Feb. 28, to
discuss the new features.
One such feature is the improved safety of the new rear underride
guard. This structure is designed to widen the area of impact protection on the
rear of trailers, and it comes standard for all new Stoughton Trailers at no
cost or weight penalty to the customer. In the fall of 2016, Stoughton Trailers
became the first leading manufacturer to include the improved rear underride
guard as standard equipment with all new trailers.
Stoughton Trailers is committed to safety on the road and to
doing its part to minimize the damage caused by underride crashes, such as the one
involving the Karth family in 2013.
Marianne and Jerry Karth of North Carolina lost two daughters in
a highway accident in which the car Marianne was driving was struck by a truck,
spun around and pushed backward under the rear of another semi-trailer. The
accident killed 17-year-old AnnaLeah and 13-year-old Mary. An underride guard
fastened below the bed of the trailer, currently required on most motor
carriers, did not hold up, and the Karths’ vehicle went under the rear of the
The Karths have since become devoted advocates for truck and
trailer safety. Marianne will speak in support of the new rear underride guard at
Tuesday’s press conference at approximately 10:30 a.m.
“Stoughton has set a new example for the industry in offering it
as standard equipment and not merely an option,” Marianne Karth wrote in a December
blog post. “Thank you, Stoughton, for your hard work and dedication to truly
making safety a priority.”
For more than 60 years, the Technology
Maintenance Council (TMC) has been creating the industry’s best practices in
truck technology and
maintenance to help improve trucking equipment and
transportation efficiencies throughout the country. This event draws the
industry’s most important and influential equipment and technology specialists
from across North America. Everyone is welcome to attend.