|Document ID (ISN)||109770|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0090-0036 - American Journal of Public Health
|Convention or series no.
||Neeley G.W., Richardson L.E.
||The effect of State regulations on truck-crash fatalities
||Mar. 2009, Vol. 99, No.3, p.408-415. 46 ref.
||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.
||USA; trucks; causes of accidents; fatalities; road transport
||legal aspects; mathematical models; role of government
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||USA|
Transport and communications
|Broad subject area(s)
||Mechanical hazards, transport