Collisions and near collisions in the long-haul trucking industry are typically low from January to June, between 1 and 5 percent.
However, in July, the collision and near collision rate spikes and stays above 14 percent through November, according to DriveCam Inc.'s Insights Series.

Designed to provide insight for executives and managers throughout a variety of transportation industries, DriveCam's Insights Series is derived from DriveCam's database of over 18 million driving events from 2 billion driving miles.

In its initial long-haul trucking Insights release, DriveCam explored the collision rates of different vehicle types in the long-haul trucking industry.

The report finds that the collision or near collision rate is over 5 percent higher for the long-haul trucking industry than other industries, from June to November.

In addition, collisions or near collisions occur most often on Tuesdays and Fridays for long-haul, at 21 percent and 20 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, long haul's rate is slightly lower than other industries on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

From 11 p.m. to 9 a.m., collision/near collision rates for long haul is below 4 percent, while the rate climbs at 9 a.m. There's a small dip between 1 and 2 p.m. before increasing sharply. The rate peaks between 3 and 4 p.m. at 9 percent, drops sharply, then rises to 6.5 percent between 8 and 9 p.m.

DriveCam's Video Event Recorder is capable of not only identifying collisions, it also allows DriveCam to identify near collisions that could have been avoided. This study focuses on the distribution of the collisions and near collisions identified in 2009 by month, day and year; specifically comparing commercial long-haul trucking fleets to commercial fleets in other industries, such as construction, distribution, energy, waste, telco, local distribution and transit.

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