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Document ID (ISN)111059
CIS number 10-0711
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Title Scientific study - ETAC - European truck accident causation
Bibliographic information International Road Transport Union, 3, rue de Varembé, 1211 Genève 20, Switzerland, 2007. xxi, 110p. Illus.
Internet access Scientific_study-ETAC.pdf [in English]
Abstract Only limited statistics are available regarding accidents involving trucks and even less is known about the cause of these accidents. This study was commissioned to fill in this lack of knowledge. Knowing that there are many factors which contribute to an accident and knowing that those factors are interlinked, the aim of the study was to identify the main causes of accidents involving trucks. The study shows that human error is the main cause of 85.2% of the studied cases. However, out of those 85.2%, 75% are caused by other road users and only 25% by the truck driver. In-depth analysis shows that when the human being caused the accident, non-adapted speed, failure to observe intersection rules and improper maneuvering when changing lanes were the main causes. Truck load and fatigue play only a minor role. One of the concluding recommendations is that improving driver training and upgrade driving school programs are key to improve road safety.
Descriptors (primary) European Union; drivers; trucks; road transport; causes of accidents
Descriptors (secondary) fatigue; human factors; human behaviour; accident research; analysis of accident causes; disobeying safety instructions; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceEuropean Union
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Transport industry (in general)