Heavy truck fatal crash numbers find a lower base


Annual articulated figures settle below 120 while rigids hover around 80

Heavy truck fatal crash numbers find a lower base
Truck fatals stats have settled at a lower level

 

Heavy truck-related fatalities and fatal crashes have settled into a ‘new normal’ as the decade has passed, Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) figures show.

The Fatal Heavy Vehicle Crashes Australia quarterly bulletin for October-December 2015 shows fatal truck crashes staying around the 100 mark for the past three years after being above 120 for most of the past 10 years.

Fatal crashes involving articulated trucks increased by 1 per cent compared with the corresponding period a year earlier and decreased by an average of 4.5 per cent per year over the three years to December 2015. 

Fatal crashes involving heavy rigid trucks decreased by 5.3 per cent compared with the corresponding period a year earlier and decreased by an average of 3.2 per cent per year over the three years to December 2015.

The hope will be that, despite more being on the roads, heavy rigids can stay below the 80 mark as they did for the four years either side of 2010.

In total, during the 12 months to the end of December 2015, 210 people died from 187 fatal crashes involving heavy trucks or buses.

These included 115 deaths from 102 crashes involving articulated trucks, 79 deaths from 72 crashes involving heavy rigid trucks and 20 deaths from 17 crashes involving buses.

Of the states, Victoria, has come off something of a spike, with articulated crashes down 25 per cent to 20  and rigids down 22 per cent to 18 last year.

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