Descriptive statistics from several data files about large truck involvement in traffic accidents are presented. Included are time of accident, location, speed, property damage cost, vehicle condition, and damage patterns. For most of these characteristics, trucks are compared with passenger cars. A particular analysis of the incidence of car-into-truck underride collisions is detailed. Some tentative findings presented which deserve further study are: (1) the high severity of accidents involving float (gondola, grain, or ore carrier) trucks; (2) the relatively high involvement rate of transit mix trucks; (3) the incidence of "wheels falling off" in large truck involvements - particularly in the case of aging trucks; and (4) the relative severity of injury to car and truck occupants in crashes between the two classes of vehicles.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Highway Safety Research Institute

    Systems Analysis Group, Huron Parkway and Baxter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48105
  • Authors:
    • O'Day, J
    • Scott, R E
  • Publication Date: 1974-8

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 16 p.
  • Serial:
    • HIT Lab Reports
    • Volume: 4
    • Issue Number: 8
    • Publisher: University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00262819
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 13 1974 12:00AM