WA: Truck accidents increased significantly, study reveals

An investigation on the causes and areas where major truck accidents happen most of the time was conducted, and Western Australia has seen a significant increase in the number of road train and truck accidents.

According to a report from ABC News, Associate Professor Kim Hassall from the National Truck Accident Research Centre examined 300 truck accidents around Australia since 2009 and found that truck accidents in WA have increased significantly. Professor Hassall said that 12 percent of WA’s accidents have been fatigue-related, which is off a base of about 6 percent in 2003. “If it was to continue it would be a worrying trend,” said Prof Hassall. He further stated that more research is needed to understand what is going on.

“This doesn’t necessarily point at WA drivers, there are drivers coming in and out of WA as well. For insurance claims of $50,000 or more there has been a peak in WA in the last year.”

“What’s most startling is that most accidents, more than 70 percent, happen in the first 500km of an outward bound journey. We are really putting this one under the microscope as well.”

“Our accident database is showing a very large amount of work is done by B-doubles (a prime-mover towing two semi-trailers) but they’re only involved in one-third of the accidents that the single articulated trucks are involved in.”

“Maybe there isn’t great pressure on B-double drivers but there is one on single-arctic drivers.”

Prof Kim Hassall together with his team will continue to look into the statistics.

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