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Document ID (ISN)109770
CIS number 09-932
ISSN - Serial title 0090-0036 - American Journal of Public Health
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Neeley G.W., Richardson L.E.
Title The effect of State regulations on truck-crash fatalities
Bibliographic information Mar. 2009, Vol. 99, No.3, p.408-415. 46 ref.
Abstract To improve traffic safety, many U.S. states limit truck length and weight, and some set lower speed limits for trucks than for other vehicles. This study examined the impact of truck-specific restrictions and general traffic-safety policies on fatality rates from crashes involving large trucks. State-level data from 1991 to 2005 were used with a cross-sectional time-series model that controlled for various safety measures adopted during the period. It was found that higher speed limits for cars and trucks contributed to higher fatality rates, but differential speed limits by vehicle type had no significant impact. Truck-length limitations reduced fatalities in crashes involving large trucks. The model suggests that if all States had adopted a speed limit of 55 miles per hour for all vehicles in 2005, 561 fatalities would have been averted.
Descriptors (primary) USA; trucks; causes of accidents; fatalities; road transport
Descriptors (secondary) legal aspects; mathematical models; role of government
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Administration, legislation
Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Road transportation