With the size of vehicles involved in truck accidents, they’re often extremely dangerous incidents for all road users. According to data from Data.Vic, more than 1 in 20 crashes involving trucks ended with one or more fatalities – more than any type of road accident.
The map below details the number of accidents involving trucks and heavy vehicles causing injuries and fatalities in Victoria from 2013 to 2017.
Truck accidents: Ensuring safety for all road users
Keeping truck drivers and other road users safe has been the subject of many campaigns across Australia – both by government and NGOs. Some of the key issues have been:
- Improving road conditions;
- Reducing driver fatigue;
- Educating road users on how to safely pass trucks;
- Ensuring vehicles are fit for travel; and
- Providing better working conditions and care for drivers.
Information from the Centre for Automotive Safety Research (University of Adelaide) shows that truck safety has improved greatly over the years. Even though there are now far more trucks on the road than there were 20 years ago, there are far fewer fatal crashes per number of trucks on the road.
Truck driving is crucial to Australia; without it, transporting goods around the country would grind to a halt. Further improvements in road safety will help keep people safe and Australia moving.
Written by Shine Lawyers on . Last modified: February 7, 2018.