Flattening the Highway Fatality Curve

Highway fatalities have gone down for the past several years. Many of the innovations accounting for this trend are largely the work of Dean Sicking, a University of Alabama at Birmingham professor in the School of Engineering.

There is a test track at Barber Vintage Motorsports and Museum in Birmingham, Alabama, set apart from the public areas of the sprawling complex. At this particular test track, wheeled vehicles that resemble cars are sent speeding along a relatively short stretch of pavement directly toward a barrier with the goal of making sure there’s…

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