The Florida Department of Transportation recently did a study on motor vehicle crashes in Florida, with a particular focus on fatal truck accidents.
The study found that trucks were involved in approximately 39% of all fatal truck accidents. In heavy truck accidents, 50 percent of fatalities occurred, not surprisingly, in vehicles that rolled over. Twelve percent of fatal truck accidents in the study were head-on collisions. Trailer rear and side underrides accounted for 28% of the fatal impacts among occupants in vehicles colliding with trucks.
One interesting aspect of the study that is bound to generate interest is the study’s finding that of truck drivers involved in truck accidents that caused death, a one-quarter of the truck drivers were between the ages of 41 and 50. These are experienced drivers who might have been considered the least likely drivers to cause a motor vehicle fatality.
Another interesting finding is that age, alcohol, and speed are less likely to be causal factors in a truck accident fatality than in other types of motor vehicle fatality.
Another Florida Transporation Study
Another Florida DOT study looked at Florida’s adoption of Statute 335.065, a law that requires accommodation of “nonmotorized road users.” (i.e., a “Complete Streets” policy)-on pedestrian fatalities and to identify factors influencing its implementation. It turns out that Florida’s pedestrian fatality rates dropped by half a percent each quarter after this statute to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists was passed. The study concludes that law saved a stunning — think about it, this one state, really stunning — 3500 lives in the last 29 years. Was it really that many lives? There are a lot of crosswinds. But let’s say it is only half true. Still an amazing accomplishment.