An analysis of large, truck-involved crash outcomes in North Carolina for the period 1993-1997 was conducted for the purpose of establishing an empirical basis for subsequent North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program (GHSP) intervention efforts to reduce the number of fatal, truck-involved crashes. Data sources used in the analysis were the Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS) and North Carolina DMV crash data files. Results of the analyses suggested that GHSP truck safety efforts should give priority to tractor trailer operations on US and NC-numbered routes, to large truck operations in Interstate work one areas, to the adoption of conspicuity improvements, and to traffic engineering countermeasures associated with reducing the probability of 'angle' crashes, especially in rural areas. The recommended focus on angle crashes constitutes a much needed addition to the "No Zone" educational focus on sideswipe and rear end collisions associated with the visual limitations of large vehicle operations. The study pointed out a clear need to examine the 1998 crash data to better understand the significance of the major reversal in progress following crash reduction gains made between 1993 to 1996. The study also pointed to the need for future analyses to incorporate information on carrier and driver performance factors. Inasmuch as there are efforts ongoing with North Carolina to improve truck safety (e.g., the NC Forestry Association's 'ProLogger' Program), the study also recommends work to evaluate the effectiveness of these programs as a basis for the development of similar efforts in industries other than logging. In doing so, the study points out an obvious need for data to be gathered on the 'commodity' being transported to make it possible to evaluate the effectiveness of truck safety programs in specific sub-components of the overall trucking industry.

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    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Highway Safety Research Center
    Chapel Hill, NC  United States  27599
  • Authors:
    • Hughes, R G
    • Stewart, R
    • Rodgman, E
    • Martel, C
    • Pein, W
    • Lewis, L
  • Publication Date: 1999-3


  • English

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 36 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00792214
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 27 2000 12:00AM