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Major accident investigation 2020 report

Truck driver deaths

Truck driver death

Fatal crash risk by time of day corrected for traffic volume

Chart showing the proportion of truck driver death by time of day
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Truck driver fatalities on Australian roads have tragically increased by over 50% since 2017.

The contributing factors to this are single-vehicle accidents and driver fatigue.

Sadly, single vehicle accidents have increased by 76% since 2018 which equates to 65% of all fatal accidents.

Driver error

Driver error

In truck driver deaths

Proportional change in number of driver error incidents by subcause between 2017 and 2019

Graph showing the proportional change in number of driver error incidents by their sub-cause between 2017 and 2019.
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Driver error, no doubt, contributes significantly to accidents on our roads.

Driver error losses have increased sharply in 2019 to 39%, which is an increase of 10% from 2017.

Inattention and distraction accidents have increased by 15% since 2017 and is the leading cause of driver error accidents on Australian roads.

Fatigue

In truck driver deaths

Fatigue

In truck driver deaths

Fatigue crashes

Chart showing fatigue related accidents by state, from 2011 to 2019
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In 2019, 34% of fatal accidents can be related back to driver fatigue.

In positive news, the number of fatigue related accidents per year is at an historic low of 9.6%.

Despite the fact that fatigue related accidents are at an historic low, 34% of these accidents are fatal.

Car & truck crashes

Car & truck crashes

Car at fault

Statistics about the vehicle direction in non-fatal accidents where a car is at fault
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80% of fatal accidents, involving both cars and trucks, saw that the car was at fault. In non-fatal crashes cars were at fault 39% of the time.

In 2017, it was reported that 83% of fatal accidents involving cars and trucks, saw that the car driver was at fault.

In 2019, accidents involving both a truck and a car resulting in at least one fatality, has reduced to 80%.

Where there was no fatality involved, car drivers were found to be at fault 39% of the time.

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