ENGINEERS FROM TEXAS A&M ARE STUDYING WAYS TO STOP THESE KINDS OF CRASHES.>>IT’S AMAZING HOW OFTEN WE REPORT THEM. KAREN DREW WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY YOU COULD SEE SOON AT SHOPPING CENTERS.>>CARS INTO BUILDINGS.>>HORRIFYING CRASH SCREENS NOT ON THE HIGHWAY BUT INSIDE THE STORES AND RESTAURANT YOU VISIT. ACCORDING TO THE STORE FRONT SAFETY COUNCIL, THESE CRASHES HAPPEN 60 TIMES A DAY, EVERY DAY IN THIS COUNTRY. KILLING AS MANY AS 500 PEOPLE YEAR>>PEOPLE LIKE MIGUEL WHO WAS EATING WITH HIS FAMILY. A CAR CAME CRASHING THROUGH THE WINDOW.>>I GOT SCARED WHEN I SAW THE CAR COMING. I THOUGHT IT WOULD HIT US.>>HE WAS PIND AND HIS LEG SEVERELY INJURED.>>HIS LEG WAS CRUSHED TO A DEGREE THE DOCTORS SAID WE HAVE TO AMPUTATE IT. ENGINEERS AT THE TEXAS A&M ENGINEERING INSTITUTE ARE TESTING STRONGER BARRIERS TO KEEP ACCIDENTS LIKE THIS FROM HAPPENING. THESE ARE STANDARD DESIGNS CALLED BALLARDS THAT SIT IN FRONT OF STORES AND RESTAURANTS NATIONWIDE.>>IT’S BASICALLY A STEEL PIPE.>>A LOT OF PEOPLE USE COMMON PIPE. PUT IT IN THE GROUND AND FILL WITH CONCRETE.>>MANY OF THE BALLARDS WERE NEVER TESTED. WHEN THEY TESTED THEM AT 10 MILES AN HOUR, THEY WENT DOWN AS BOWLING PINS.>>IF I OWNED THE STORE, I WOULDN’T HAVE IT.>>TEXAS A&M’S MICHAEL BRACKEN WANTS YOU T SEE A NEW BALLARD. HE SPENT YEARS DESIGNING. WATCH AS SCIENTISTS PREP TO CRASH THIS 5000 POUND UNMANNED VEHICLE INTO THIS STATE-OF-THE-ART BALLARD. THE CAR IS TRAVELLING AT 10 MILES AN HOUR. THE BARRIER WORKS. TIME TO UP THE STAKES. ENGINEERS WILL TRY AGAIN AT 30 MILES AN HOUR. THAT WORKS TOO EVEN AT 30 MILES AN HOUR. THE POLE FLEXES AND BENDS BACK BUT THAT’S IT. THE BALLARD STANDS ITS GROUND AND ANYONE STANDING BEHIND IT WOULD BE PROTECTED.>>WE ARE REALLY FOCUSED ON BUILD A SAFE ENVIRONMENT SO PEOPLE ARE PROTECTED FROM AN ERRANT DRIVER.>>TEXAS A&M HOPES TO ESTABLISH NEW STANDARDS AND THOSE NEW BARRIERS. WE WILL LET YOU KNOW ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENTS. I’M KAREN DREW, LOCAL 4 NEWS.>>THAT’S A LOT OF TECHNOLOGY