What the Victorian crash data tells us

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA), in association with VicPolice, has been compiling and analysing road safety incidents that involve at least one heavy vehicle with a GVM > 4t.  Periodically, a report is issued that gives an overview of the incidents with all the identifying details removed.

This information is important because it allows incident types to be identified and classified. The data can then be used to assess causes and to predict the effectiveness that safety technologies and improvements in practices might have.

I have done my own assessment of the incidents that occurred in the year up to July 2014. There were 706 road safety incidents that police attended and reported. The following graphs tell some of the story.

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