Michigan Fatality Accident Complaint Team Study

The Michigan Office of Safety and Planning and the United States Department of Transportation conducted a study known as the Fatality Accident Complaint Team (FACT). The data for this study was obtained from the Michigan State Police. The study provided information about the relationship between driver condition and vehicle for various types of crashes, including truck crashes.

With respect to truck crashes, the FACT study looked at 80 fatal rear-end truck accidents. In 36 of these truck crashes, the truck rear-ended another vehicle, usually a passenger car. In the remaining 44, another vehicle rear-ended the truck. Sixty-nine of the trucks in fatal rear-end crashes were given a North American Standard Level 1 safety inspection after the crash. The SAS inspections analyzed compliance with the truck driver safety requirements and the truck’s safety regulatory requirements prior to the truck accident.

The SAS testing data indicated that a big rig truck’s brake conditions play a significant role in truck accident fatalities where the truck rear-ends another motor vehicle. In rear-end truck accidents in which the truck driver was at-fault, the incidence of defective or poorly adjusted truck brakes was almost twice as high as in cases where other vehicles struck the trucks.

The study also found that when compared to the overall crash picture, heavy truck crashes involve more turning, backing and changing lanes, more on road crashes, and more truck accidents between 6:00 a.m. and 2:59 p.m. and on weekdays.

More Information on Rear End Truck Accidents

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