National Transport Insurance (NTI), has released its latest report compiled by the National Truck Accident Research Centre (NTARC) which covers major incidents in 2019.
The report details research undertaken into incidents in Australia where National Transport Insurance (NTI) was the insurance underwriter. It reviews heavy vehicle accidents in the ‘hire & reward’ freight sector where the commercial vehicle’s payload exceeds five tonnes.
Summary of findings:
- Overall frequency of large losses (corrected for inflation) dropped from around one in every 400 NTI-insured heavy vehicles in 2017 to one in every 500 in 2019.
- Driver error losses increased sharply from 29.6 per cent to 39 per cent after a significant increase in incidents resulting from inattention/ distraction.
- Where a truck and a car were involved in a fatal crash, the car was at-fault 80 per cent of the time.
- The proportion of incidents resulting in at least one fatality increased from 3.0 per cent to 4.8 per cent. This was overwhelmingly driven by an increase in truck driver deaths.
- In 2017, no NTI-insured truck drivers lost their lives in a multi-vehicle crash, whereas in 2019 there were multiple instances of truck versus truck crashes where one or more truck drivers were killed.
- Fatigue losses provide conflicting conclusions – there was a continuation of the downwards trend in the proportion of large losses resulting from fatigue, which decreased to a record low of 9.6 per cent. Fatigue, unfortunately, remains the single largest cause of truck driver deaths. 34.8 per cent of truck driver deaths in NTI losses were as a result of fatigue.
- Losses from non-impact fires increased from 8.1 per cent to 10 per cent of large losses, this increase was predominantly driven by an increase in wheel-end fires.
Summary from Prime Mover Magazine: Prime Mover News NTARC Report
The full NTARC report can be found here.
ATN also summarises the report findings see: ATN Industry News NTARC