Truck accidents double in a year

DOUBLE TROUBLE: The number of single-vehicle accidents, including rollovers, more than doubled from July to October last year.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: The number of single-vehicle accidents, including rollovers, more than doubled from July to October last year.

THE number of single-vehicle truck accidents involving rollovers or running off the road has more than doubled, according to National Transport Insurance (NTI). NTI compared the number of accidents from July to October 2011 with the same period in 2010.

NTI CEO Tony Clark said the increase should serve as a wake-up call for all those involved in the transport industry, especially as we begin a new year.

"NTI prides itself on working together with the transport industry to create safer roads around Australia - not just for truck drivers but for all road-users," Mr Clark said.

"NTI encourages all transport operators to continue their focus on driver management and vehicle maintenance, to ensure fatigue and other risk factors do not put the driver, or other road-users, at greater risk."

NTI's 2011 Major Accident Investigation Report, released by the National Truck Accident Research Centre (NTARC), recently reported that fatigue and inappropriate speed were responsible for almost 50 per cent of all serious truck accidents.

"I encourage all transport operators, from fleet managers to owner-drivers, to read a copy of the report to ensure they are aware of the causes of serious truck accidents," Mr Clark said.



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