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In order to improve the safety of the overall surface transportation system each of the critical areas needs to be addressed separately with more focused attention. Statistics clearly show that large truck crashes contribute significantly to an increased percentage of high severity crashes. It is therefore important for the highway safety community to identify the characteristics and contributory causes related to large truck involved crashes. During the first phase of this study fatal crash data from Fatality Analysis Reporting System database are studied to achieve that objective. In this second phase, it is proposed to analyze truck crashes of all severity levels with the intention of identifying the factors contributing to increased severities of truck crashes, which could not be achieved by analyzing fatal crashes alone.
Dr. Sunanda Dissanayake, Professor at Kansas State University, presented this research during the 2012 MATC Spring Webinar Series.