National Transport Insurance today released the findings from its latest study into serious truck accidents reported to the insurer during 2013. The company’s National Truck Accident Research Centre (NTARC) recently concluded the investigation into 549 major crash incidents with a combined cost of AUD$71.7M.
The report continues a series of research studies conducted by NTI since 2002 reviewing Australian heavy vehicles, with a carrying capacity greater than five tonnes, involved in serious accidents.
“This research is essential to having an in-depth understanding of accident causes and trends within the transport industry,” said NTI’s National Manager, Industry Relations, and author of the study, Owen Driscoll. “In 2015, we have safer vehicles, safer speeds, safer roads and, generally, more responsible and safer behaviour. Nonetheless, heavy vehicle crash incidents continue to occur.”
Some key stats include:
- Inappropriate speed for the conditions continued to be the leading cause of serious accidents at 27%. 73.6% of speed losses resulted in a rollover.
- Fatigue related accidents increased to 12.8% - the worst result since 2007.
- Truck fires continued to account for 10.7% of large loss incidents with electrical failure accounting for 68.5% of cabin/engine compartment fires.
- The worst performing state was Queensland, followed by Western Australia.
- 67% of reported large losses occurred during an outward journey.
- The Pacific and Hume Highways in NSW were the worst performing highways. Queensland’s Bruce Highway showed some improvement.
NTI CEO, Tony Clark, said NTI has always been committed to improving road safety. “We are proud to deliver the real facts about safety improvements in the transport industry that are to the benefit of all road users,” he said.
“The NTARC and its biannual report are designed to educate drivers on the latest trends and causes of serious accidents and to encourage discussion on safety in the broader community.”
To download a copy of the report, click here.