An Analysis of Driver’s Injury Severity Related to Commercial Truck Parking Availability

The rapid growth of freight tonnage has made the availability of adequate commercial parking a national safety issue in the United States. This paper applies an ordered probit model to examine how the availability of commercial truck parking potentially affects the injury severity of commercial vehicle drivers normalized for other driving-related and environmental factors. The data and information utilized in this study are crash data obtained from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from 2001 to 2016 for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The results suggest that an increase in the total number of parking spots within a thirty-minute driving distance reduces the probability of a higher degree of injury and increases the probability of less severe injury. Other factors that increase the probability of severe injuries include adverse surface conditions, night driving, older drivers, male drivers, and drug-or alcohol-related offenses.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee ANB70 Standing Committee on Truck and Bus Safety.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Research Board

  • Authors:
    • Lang, Xiaodong
    • Jessup, Eric L
    • Hernandez, Salvador
  • Conference:
  • Date: 2019


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 19p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01697688
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 19-05103
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2018 9:34AM