THE IMPACT OF TRUCKS ON HIGHWAY ACCIDENTS

The findings can be summarized as follows: 1. The fatal accident rate of trucks is more than two times greater than the accident rate for passenger cars for the same exposure on the highway. 2. Other accident rates for light and heavy trucks, including injury and property damage accidents, are also disproportionately greater compared to passenger cars for the same distance travelled under identical conditions. 3. The big truck is involved in a significantly greater share of fatal accidents than might be expected for their mileage and population on the highway. 4. A substantially higher number of truck accidents result in a fatality than for passenger car accidents suggesting that the trucks' size and weight influence accident severity. 5. As the vehicle miles of travel of the big truck increases, there has been a disproportionate increase in fatal truck accident involvements. 6. While trucks now accounted for 20% of the vehicle exposure on expressways and turnpikes, they were involved in 35% of the fatal accidents. On some major thoroughfares such as the Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey Turnpikes, about 50% of all fatal accidents involves a truck.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Report to the Board of Trustees, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, October 6, 1980.
  • Corporate Authors:

    AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

    8111 Gatehouse Road
    Falls Church, VA  United States  22047
  • Authors:
    • Petrillo, P C
  • Publication Date: 1980-10-6

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 23 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00335908
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-030 988
  • Files: HSL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 23 1983 12:00AM