Princess Diana Crash Reconstruction

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Re: Princess Diana Crash Reconstruction

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Comment to one of our YouTube Videos of our Crash Reconstruction:
  • They should've sued the French roads authority for an unsafe dangerous road. Those pillars were an accident waiting to happen

Our Response:
  • In the US many road and vehicle safety items have been implemented as a result of lawsuits.
    Also due to the 1960s highway safety act highway safety agencies (NHTSA and NTSB) were formed to investigate crashes, find out where and why people are injured and killed on the highways and implement changes to improve safety.
    You will find barriers in front of ALL bridge supports in the US!
    And barriers to keep errant vehicles from running off the road!
    In France, it is my understanding that they STILL do not have any type of barrier to prevent an errant vehicle from running into one of those posts?!!
    However in the past 23 years i haven't read about any crashes in that location causing more deaths or injuries.
    For more information on the history of vehicle and highway safety in the US see Also see a summary of our work in the field of highway safety:
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Re: Princess Diana Crash Reconstruction

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Recent comment on our Youtube video of the crash:
  • Seriously, which idiot designs tunnel expressways with exposed pillars instead of concrete safety barriers. Idiotic. Poor safety construction standards.
Our response:
  • Not sure when that bridge was designed and installed, however it may not have been standard to put protective barriers in front of support pillars adjacent to travel lanes.
    It is surprising that the French government hasn't installed a safety barrier in front of those pillars.
    However interesting recent observation: Walking in Nashville, TN saw exposed ROUND pillars (see photo below)
    the address was 316 Woodland St Nashville TN
    So guess many jurisdictions have exposed support beams and so the French situation is not unique.
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