If someone asked you what conviction on a truck driver’s record represented the number one likelihood of them getting into a future accident, you may be prompted to say, “a prior crash history,” but according to researchers, there is another citation that ranks a driver more at risk.
A recent study conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) analyzed the history of 582,772 truck drivers, finding twelve citations in particular to more than double a driver’s risk of having an accident, an article in truckinginfo.com notes.
According to the site, it was a driver’s failure to use a turn signal that gave him or her a 96% chance of being involved in a future crash!
Prior accidents ranked second along with improper passing violations with an 88% greater risk. Also ranked at high threats were (provided by http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/news-detail.asp?news_id=73563):
-Improper turn conviction (84%)
-Improper or erratic lane change (80%)
-Improper lane/location (68%)
-Failure to obey traffic sign (68%)
-Speeding more than 15 mpg over speed limit (67%)
-Any conviction (65%)
-Reckless/careless/inattentive/negligent driving (64%)
Although these percentages seem striking, Dan Murray, vice president of research at ATRI, explains that “Truck-car crash rates are now the lowest they’ve ever been,” with the number of convictions dropping sharply since 2005 (http://fleetowner.com/management/news/study-traffic-violations-risk-0421/?cid=nl_flo_dn&YM_RID=&imw=Y).
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Are you surprised to see prior crash history in second when it comes to its effect on future accidents? What needs to be done to lower these risks?