The Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) is working to improve the collection of data regarding windshield failures in automobile crashes. There is, unfortunately, a history of anecdotal evidence of windshield failure as a cause or exacerbation of crashes and as the reason for sometimes horrific injuries suffered by the occupants of the vehicle. There is also increasing concern that failure to properly recalibrate the camera that guides the vehicle’s Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) after windshield replacement could cause additional crashes. However, documenting the role of the windshield has not traditionally been a high priority for automobile crash investigators.
In an effort to change the paradigm the safety organization is beginning to work with the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) to bring the matter to the attention of law enforcement and find a path toward better documentation of the role that the windshield may play in automobile crashes. The GHSA is a nonprofit organization representing the state and territorial highway safety offices that implement programs to address behavioral highway safety issues. GHSA’s mission is to provide leadership and advocacy for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy, enhance program management, and promote best practices.
“The Auto Glass Safety Council is working to meet the challenge of developing pilot programs that will assist in the collection of data that will empirically show the impact of faulty windshield installation and recalibration errors in vehicle crashes and the resulting injuries,” said Seth Maiman, AGSC Director of Public Affairs.
AGSC recently participated in a GHSA webinar that focused on the role of drones in aiding crash investigators.
Drones allow crash investigators to merge the technology of drone imagery with on the ground measurements, improving consistency and accuracy, assisting in the redirection of traffic away from the crash site, and providing a 70%-time savings for the investigators at a minimal cost. GHSA is fostering discussions about technology and other solutions that encourage innovative approaches to safety programs in the states.
“Improving crash investigations is a priority for GHSA so it is a natural fit for the organizations to seek to work together,” added Maiman.