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Each year, approximately 40,000 fatalities and 3 million serious injuries are caused in the United States due to vehicle collisions with other cars and trucks, as well as roadside hazards. Effective highway safety hardware such as barrier systems, end treatments, crash cushions, breakaway devices, truck-mounted attenuators, and work zone safety devices are used to help mitigate roadway fatalities and injuries. Full scale impact testing has been, and will continue to be, the most common method of evaluating the safety performance of highway hardware.

Test procedures for full scale crash testing have been established to ensure uniformity in the procedures and criteria used to evaluate roadside safety features. The United States Federal Highway Administration has adopted the test procedures given in the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials "Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH)". Whereas the majority of the members of the European Union have adopted the test procedures given in European Standard EN 1317 "Road Restraint Systems" and Australia and New Zealand the procedures in AS/NZS 3845 "Road Safety Barrier Systems."

E-TECH has conducted crash testing compliant with MASH, EN 1317, and AS/NZS 3845 test procedures on virtually all major categories of highway safety hardware. Regardless of the device type, or the test procedure selected, E-TECH follows a proven systematic approach to help ensure the successful completion of crash test programs and to protect the confidentiality of the client's information. A key element of this approach is establishing and maintaining a traceable link between the test article as delivered and installed, and the documented final results of the test program.

For answers to the most frequently asked questions about crash testing, download this document FAQ.pdf (Acrobat Reader required).

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E-TECH offers a wide range of crash testing services including:

Test vehicle purchase, preparation, and disposal
Pre and post-test vehicle inertial property measurements
Customized test facility improvements
Test article installation, inspection, and verification
Head on, offset, angled, and side impact test capabilities
On-site kinetic energies to 1000 kJ (738 ft-kip), higher energies by special arrangement
Six-degrees-of-freedom vehicle kinematics measurements
State-of-the-art fully redundant multi-channel on-board data acquisition systems
Quick turnaround data processing and analysis
High speed color video and 16 mm photography with digital film analysis capability
16 mm film to digital video transfers
Non-linear digital video editing

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