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Single-Vehicle Truck Accidents Double in Last Year

Posted on Jan 31, 2012
While the number of serious traffic accidents and traffic accident fatalities dropped considerably in the last year, the number of single-vehicle truck accidents doubled between 2010 and 2011. The significant rise in this type of big rig accident has many safety advocates and truck industry officials concerned about how we can successfully prevents these types of accidents in the future.

According to National Transport Insurance (NTI), who analyzed truck accident data between July 2010 and October 2010, and July 2011 and October 2011, the number of single-truck accidents doubled during the second period. Almost 50 percent of these truck accidents either involved speeding or fatigued drivers.

CEO of NTI Tony Clark commented on the new report by saying the numbers should encourage the trucking industry to improve its safety record by focusing on vehicle maintenance and preventing sleepy, distracted drivers.

This truck crash information was contained in NTI’s Major Accident Investigation Report, which was released by the National Truck Accident Research Centre (NTARC). The study’s authors believe that the first step in understanding truck accidents and preventing truck accidents is making certain that truck industry officials, truckers, and owner-drivers read the report and familiarize themselves with the common causes of truck accidents.