Top Contributing Factors to Trucking Accidents
A recent study by the American Transport Research Institute, or ATRI, showed driving history was a significant factor in predicting future crashes.
The goal of this recent study was to determine any driver behaviors that could be linked to future crashes. The study analyzed several different databases, comparing driver records in 2008 with their accident records for the next 12 months (2009)
The research indicated drivers how engaged in certain behavior were more likely to be involved in an accident in the next 12 months. The most significant contributing factor was the use of a turn signal. Drivers who did not use, or improperly used a turn signal were 96% more likely to be involved in an accident in the following 12 months.
The other top contributors include:
A Past Accident – 88% increase in likelihood of future crash
Improper Passing Violation - 88% increase in likelihood of future crash
Improper Turn Violation - 84% increase in likelihood of future crash
Improper or Erratic Lane Change - 80% increase in likelihood of future crash
Failure to Obey Traffic Sign - 68% increase in likelihood of future crash
Speeding More Than 15 MPH Over Posted Limit - 67% increase in likelihood of future crash
The report also indicates that specific programs by motor carriers could potentially reduce these problems, and decrease the number of accidents involving a tractor trailer. Both trucking companies, owner operators, and individual truck drivers should be aware of these findings, and work to avoid dangerous driving patterns that could lead to a future accident.
These findings are taken directly from the study from ATRI. Read a summary of the study.