Car-Truck Study. Published April 2002. Purpose of Study. To examine unsafe driving actions (UDAs) that contribute to fatal crashes between cars and large trucks (over 10,000 lbs) and to identify instructional strategies. Background.
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To examine unsafe driving actions (UDAs) that contribute to fatal crashes between cars and large trucks (over 10,000 lbs) and to identify instructional strategies.
Failure to keep in lane Car-Truck Crashes
Failure to yield right of way
Driving too fast for conditions or in excess of posted speed
Operating vehicle in erratic, careless or negligent manner
Driving on wrong side of road
Non traffic violation - homicide
Sliding due to ice, water, slush
Passing with insufficient distance
Making improper turn
Drowsy, sleepy, asleep, fatigued
Improper of erratic lane change
94 codesDriver-Level Related Factors in FARS (up to 4 Per Driver Can Be Coded)
10,732 car drivers
10,732 truck drivers
100% = 61,466 for car-car crashes
= 17,867 for car-truck crashes
100% = 13,393 for car drivers
= 4,474 for truck drivers
When driving near large trucks, car drivers are largely in control of their own safety. Car drivers who know the characteristics of large trucks and drive accordingly are likely to be safe.
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