Oregon DOT reports truck-at-fault crashes on the decline

By Land Line staff | 5/27/2016

Oregon’s truck-at-fault crash rate dropped more than 10 percent in 2015, according to a new report from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

In 2015, the state recorded 709 truck-at-fault crashes, roughly .391 crashes per million miles of truck travel. That number dipped from 757 crashes in 2014, a rate of .436 crashes per million miles, according to the DOT’s latest issue of its motor carrier newsletter.

The newsletter credits the state’s truck inspection and enforcement efforts as playing a key role in reducing crashes. According to the newsletter, a total of 39,519 inspections were conducted in 2015, including:

  • 29,457 fixed scale inspections 
  • 10,062 roadside inspections 
  • 5,717 drivers placed out of service
  • 9,399 vehicles out of service

The newsletter states that most truck-at-fault crashes in Oregon are caused by driver behaviors such as speeding, following too close, unsafe lane changes, failure to yield right of way, and driver fatigue.

While a reduction in truck crashes is always good news, the OOIDA Foundation notes that “speeding” does not necessarily mean driving in excess of the speed limit, but usually means going too fast for conditions and that could be at any speed. 

The foundation also noted that inspections may not necessarily be the reason crashes are down.

“It could simply be that drivers are more alert and truckers especially are driving more attentively in their state,” they stated.

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