TRUCK FATALITIES: WHO IS TO BLAME?

This article discusses some facts about fatal accidents involving trucks. The statistics are from a report published by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. Among the information contained in the report are the following facts: More accidents involving trucks occur during the first four hours a driver is on the road than at any other time, with the first hour being the one in which accidents happen most frequently. Most of the fatal accidents involving trucks were not the fault of the trucker involved. Most of the accidents involved drivers with previously clean driving records. Over 86% of the truckers involved had never had their driver's license suspended and 92% had never received a drunken driving conviction. In the majority of cases reported, the accident involved a truck and another motor vehicle, where the vehicles collided head-on. Most traffic fatalities involving trucks occur in sunbelt states: Texas - 11%; California - 7%; and Florida - 5%. Most of the reported cases involved long-haul, interstate truck drivers. Drivers with fewer years of driving experience were involved in more accidents. What the statistics clearly point out is that truckers need to be constantly on the alert when behind the wheel and they need to drive defensively.

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    Texas Motor Transportation Association

    P.O. Box 1669, 700 East 11th
    Austin, TX  United States  78767
  • Publication Date: 1985-10

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 18-19
  • Serial:
    • Steering Wheel
    • Volume: 50
    • Issue Number: 8
    • Publisher: Texas Motor Transportation Association
    • ISSN: 0039-1298

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00495721
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-039 575
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1990 12:00AM