A recent study which investigated 461 major crash incidents in Oz, revealed the country’s worst highways. According to the study, the crashes combined cost was AUD$54.7million.
Although truckies may not be able to avoid certain routes and “dangerous” highways this study is valuable in giving truckies insight into the most dangerous roadways where they should exercise greater caution to avoid becoming one of the statistics.
According to the report one of the biggest concerns highlighted is the number of accidents caused by non-impact fires, including engine fires and cabin fires.
It is vital that operators conduct rigorous and consistent maintenance in the daily running of all the transport operations, no matter how trivial it may be.
Read what this post on http://insuranceandrisk.com.au reported on the research’s findings:
The study investigated 461 major crash incidents with a combined cost of AUD$54.7M reported to the insurer to the company’s National Truck Accident Research Centre (NTARC) in 2011.
NTI’s National Manager, Industry Relations, and author of the study, Owen Driscoll said, “This research is essential so that we have an in-depth understanding of accident causes and trends within the transport industry.”
“One of the major concerns in this report is the number of serious accidents attributed to non-impact fires, such as engine and cabin fires,” Driscoll said.
Some of the key findings of the research revealed that speeding was a leading cause of accidents. Although the number of crashes caused by speeding has declined, speeding remains the major cause of road accidents involving trucks.
An alarmingly high number of serious accidents were also caused by fires, and not fires associated with crashes but non-impact fires such as those that start from engine and cabin fires.
Queensland and Western Australia seem to be worst hit as serious accidents seem to have escalated in these regions.
There has been a 42% reduction in truck accidents since 2003, according to the study, which is conducted every two years.
Amazingly one of Australia’s busiest highways, The Hume Highway was identified as the best performing highway because it recorded the lowest frequency of major crashes.
The post went on to explain some of the key findings of the study:
Key stats include:
Inappropriate speed for the conditions was found to be the leading cause of serious accidents at 25.4%. This is down from 31.8% in the previous report.
12.1% of serious accidents were attributed to non-impact fires, with more than 60% of these losses originating from engine and cabin fires. This is a marked increase from previous studies.
The number of major losses has escalated in both Queensland and Western Australia.
22.4% of serious truck crashes occurred on Australia’s National Highway 1. Queensland’s Bruce Highway was the worst with proportionally more incidents than any other major road.
One of the most important lessons gained from the research is that neglecting truck maintenance is not only dangerous but stupid. The cost of a fire or crash involving the vehicle would far outweigh the costs of regularly maintenance and repair of the vehicle.