Latest accident figures show improvement

The final statistics concerning fatal crashes involving heavy vehicles for the last quarter of 2012 have just been released by the Department of Infrastructure and Transport's research arm, the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics.

Although the overall number of fatal accidents involving heavy vehicles in Australia has risen slightly, those involving articulated vehicles continue to decrease.

2012 saw 256 people die in 219 fatal crashes involving heavy trucks or buses. Of those, 148 were in crashes involving articulated trucks, 98 were in crashes of heavy rigids and 18 involved buses. These figures show an overall increase of 1.6 percent compared to the figures recorded in 2011. This equates to an average of 0.1 percent per year increase over the three years to the end of 2012.

The number of fatalities has seen a steady decline in the past five years with the numbers recorded in 2012 amounting to just over 80 percent of those recorded at the beginning of 2007. The number of fatalities involving articulated vehicles has declined at around the same rate. 2007 saw 182 fatalities throughout Australia, including 59 in New South Wales, the state with the largest number of fatalities per annum. 2012's figure of 148 included 50 from New South Wales.













Figures for fatalities involving heavy rigid trucks also declined at a similar rate to the overall figures until the second quarter of 2012. A sharp increase in the numbers over the year saw the final figure rise to 98, 13 above the number of fatalities recorded in 2007. Although, historically, NSW has seen the highest number of fatalities involving heavy rigids, Queensland saw the most fatalities at 27 in 2012, a considerable jump from 14 in 2011.

The full report can be downloaded here.

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