Industry Struggling to Improve Commercial Truck Safety

The report examines the most recent data available on truck-related accidents, comparing fatal, injury and property incidents over the last decade.

WardsAuto Staff

May 1, 2018

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Industry Struggling to Improve Commercial Truck Safety

Despite new technology and well-intentioned government regulations, commercial-vehicle safety has not improved during the past 10 years, a new report says.

Data collected from a variety of government and private sources show flat or negative trends in commercial-vehicle safety throughout most of this decade. These numbers conflict with the industry’s ongoing efforts to improve safety through education, best practices and new technologies.

The new report from Wards CV Intelligence explains the disconnect between intention and reality, combining latest federal data, industry survey results and expert analysis.
The Wards 2018 Commercial Vehicle Safety Report analyzes public and proprietary data sources to bring an objective perspective to the trucking industry’s safety performance. It examines the most recent data available on truck-related accidents, comparing fatal, injury and property incidents over the last decade.

Jim Mele, longtime editor-in-chief of Fleet Owner magazine, led the analysis and wrote the report. To supplement historical data, Mele oversaw a survey on fleet use and future interest in advanced safety systems. The survey reveals current fleet investment in existing systems and willingness to adopt new systems in the near future.

The research also analyzes safety trends by looking at federal records for 2017. A proprietary database called FleetSeek was used to filter additional equipment and fleet operational attributes.  A survey examining current and future fleet adoption of various advanced safety system technologies also is featured.

More information on the report can be found here: http://wardsintelligence.com/commercial-vehicle-safety-report

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