Truck Involvement in Fatal Urban Road Accidents in Australia

by K. W. Ogden, Monash Univ,
Tan Hee Wee, Monash Univ,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Goods Transportation in Urban Areas


Trucks are over-represented (relative to vehicle numbers and vehicle-kilometers of travel) in fatal accidents. Those most at risk are occupants of other vehicles and pedestrians. Articulated trucks have higher fatal accident involvements than other trucks. Most fatal accidents involving trucks occur in non-urban areas, and are more likely to be multi-vehicle accidents. More detailed statistics are then presented on urban fatal accidents involving trucks in Australia. These analyses show that most urban truck accidents involve rigid trucks, are likely to be multi-vehicle accidents, and mostly occur at intersections. Possible cost-effective accident countermeasures related to truck safety are discussed.

Subject Headings: Traffic accidents | Trucks | Traffic safety | Urban areas | Urban and regional development | Transportation safety | Vehicles | Australia

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