Fleets operating medium- and heavy-duty trucks could significantly reduce fatalities, collisions, and injuries involving their drivers by using an in-vehicle video system, according to a new report.
The report by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) found that equipping Class 3 and above vehicles with a system such as DriveCam could lead to a 20-percent reduction in annual fatalities, a 35-percent drop in collisions, and a 36-percent decline in injuries. The study, which also included bus collisions, was commissioned by Lytx.
The study reviewed data reported from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Vehicles greater than 10,000-pounds GVWR, including Class 3 trucks and above, were included.
The study evaluated the potential safety benefits of equipping U.S. trucks and buses with Lytx's DriveCam system by using a large national crash database called the General Estimates System (GES). The GES database included information about the vehicle, injuries and fatalities, violations, and contributing factors for a sample of crashes during calendar years 2010 to 2012.
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