DATA has shown that last financial year there was one less death as a result of a heavy- vehicle crash compared to the year before.
The latest Fatal Heavy Vehicle Crashes Australia quarterly bulletin for April-June 2012 showed a total of 225 people had died from 200 fatal crashes involving heavy trucks or buses in the 12 months until the end of June 2012.
There were 124 deaths from 112 crashes involving articulated trucks, 86 deaths from 73 crashes involving heavy rigid trucks and 23 deaths from 23 crashes involving buses.
While fatal crashes involving heavy rigids had increased 25.9% compared to the previous reporting year, they had decreased by an average 8.1% over the three years until June 2012.
For articulated trucks, they decreased 10.4% compared to the previous reporting year and decreased an average of 1.8% per year over the three years to June 2012.
New South Wales saw the most articulated truck-related fatal crashes in the 12 months till June 2012 (49), followed by Queensland (29) and then Victoria (17).
There was a big difference to the year before (12 months ended June 2011) which saw 31 fatal crashes in Queensland, 26 in Victoria, 14 in South Australia, 17 in WA, three in Tasmania, 32 in NSW and one each in the NT and ACT.
Articulated trucks data showed that deaths had dramatically changed year on year.
Whereas the reporting period until June 2011 showed 20 people died in WA, only five died in the year to June 2012. In NSW 38 people died in the year to June 2011 and this increased to 57 deaths in the year until June 2012.
Heavy Rigid fatality data showed in the 12 months to June 2012 there were 21 fatal crashes in Queensland, 18 in NSW, 15 in Victoria, nine in WA, six in SA, three in NT and only one in Tasmania.
In the previous year, which ended in June 2011, there were no fatal crashes in the NT, only 11 in Queensland, 14 in NSW, four in SA, seven in WA, 17 in Victoria and five in Tasmania.
Unfortunately the statistics for the whole of 2012 will not be available until about June as there is a six months reporting lag on heavy vehicle crash data.
The report showed articulated truck drivers were more likely to die in a crash in NSW or Qld.
In the 12 months to June 2012 a total of 77 drivers died driving art
iculated models, 37 died in NSW and 23 in Qld, compared to nine in Victoria, four in SA, two in Tasma
nia, and one each in WA and NT.
Passengers in NSW were the next highest figure, with 13 dead in NSW, five in Queensland, two in Victoria and one in SA.
Pedestrians and Motorcyclists made up the rest. In Victoria five pedestrians were killed in articulated truck crashes the period, four in NSW, two in Qld and WA and one in Tasmania and NT.
Three motorbike riders were killed in NSW and Victoria, two in WA and one in Qld and SA.
Out of the 124 deaths related to articulated trucks crashing, 43 were from multiple vehicle crashes in NSW, 23 in Qld, 11 in Victoria and seven in SA.
Fatal truck crashes involving heavy rigid trucks were more likely to claim the life of a driver than any other road user.
In the year ending in June 2012, 10 drivers died in NSW, 12 in Qld, nine in Victoria, five in WA, three in SA and three in the NT.
In the same period 16 pedest
rians died from heavy rigid fatal crashes, 14 passengers, seven motor cyclists and seven cyclists.
Again like in the articulated truck fatal crash data, multiple vehicle crashes resulted in the most deaths for heavy rigids (61).
Out of the 86 fatalities 18 were from multiple vehicle crashes in Victoria, 17 from multi-vehicle crashes in Qld and 14 in NSW.