A Contribution to Risk Analysis and the Characteristics of Truck Accidents 845017

The subject of research into truck accidents with a view to making safety modifications to trucks is steadily gaining in importance.
In the light of newly compiled truck accident material comprising 2000 cases from 1979 to 1983 the problem of truck accidents can be assessed comprehensively. This study covers truck accidents with pedestrians, bicycles and motorcycles, cars, truck/truck collisions and single-truck accidents. Because all accident groups and their percentage weighting according to real life are considered, it is possible to transfer the results to the general accident occurrence. The internal structure of the accident groups is contrasted with the official accident statistics in significant accident parameters. The frequencies of essential parameters, i.e. the kind of collision, the type of accident and the risk for the truck occupants and the other traffic participants involved are indicated.
It is the aim of this study to expand existing knowledge on accidents involving trucks with regard to their characteristics, i.e. frequencies, consequences of the accident and the essential circumstances of the accident, and thus also to provide an improved basis for decisions on technical development of trucks.


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