National Transport Insurance has released the findings from its latest study into serious truck accidents reported to the insurer during 2011. The company’s National Truck Accident Research Centre (NTARC) recently concluded the investigation into 461 major crash incidents with a combined cost of AUD$54.7M.
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 indepth understanding of accident causes and trends within the transport industry,” said NTI’s National Manager, Industry Relations, and author of the study, Owen Driscoll. “NTI is committed to improving road safety outcomes for all road users and, as Australia’s leading truck insurer, this analysis is vital to the achievement of this goal.”
Some 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 over 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.
· Western Australia’s Great Northern Highway continued to experience an increase in major truck crash frequency.
· The Hume Highway is the best performing highway with the lowest frequency of major accidents.
“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,” Mr Driscoll said.
“This highlights the importance of rigorous and consistent maintenance in the day-to-day processes of all transport operations,” Mr Driscoll said.
“In order to improve safety on our roads, we must first ensure the vehicles on our roads are safe.” To download a copy of the report, visit www.nti.com.au.