This study was sponsored by the Office of Road Safety, Commonwealth Department of Transport and the Australian Road Research Board. This report deals with accidents involving trucks, vans, buses and multi-purpose vehicles, not all of which were being used as commercial vehicles. There were relatively few single vehicle accidents, apart from those involving pedestrians, and the reluctance of semi-trailer drivers to brake hard at signalised intersections and insecure loads of some heavy vehicles distinguished these accidents from those involving only passenger cars. All but one of the drivers of these commercial vehicles were males, most of whom were aged between 20 and 50 years. None of these drivers were affected by alcohol intoxication to a significant degree, nor was fatigue a factor in any of these accidents. Although none of the commercial vehicle occupants was severely injured, the provision and use of seat belts may have avoided many of the injuries which did occur. Some multi-purpose passenger vehicles are deficient, when compared to passenger cars, in terms of protecting their occupants from injury in a crash (a). (TRRL)

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by Office of Road Safety, Department of Transport; and Australian Road Research Board. Part 1 is HS-028 696; Parts 2 and 3 are HS-028 697.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Adelaide

    North Terrace
    Adelaide, South Australia  Australia  5005
  • Authors:
    • McLean, A J
    • Aust, H S
    • Sandow, B L
  • Publication Date: 1979

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 38 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00314693
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0 908204 01 9
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph, HS-028 698
  • Files: HSL, ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 19 1984 12:00AM