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Assessing and improving commercial truck safety

Every day, dozens of loaded tractor-trailers haul goods in and out of Houston. Most of the excursions are carried off without a hitch, of course, but sometimes truckers make mistakes that result in crashes that often include severe injuries or fatalities.

Because those truck accidents can wind up costing truckers and employers millions of dollars, it makes sense that owners and managers of trucking companies constantly assess their fleet's safety record and try to find ways to improve it.

Measuring fleet safety involves both art and science, a recent trucking industry publication said. They acknowledge that some owners and managers get by on instincts, but say that it's smarter to track certain metrics that can help supervisors know where improvements are needed.

A fundamental fleet safety metric, the Commercial Carrier Journal says, is vehicle crash rate, which measures the frequency of truck accidents. The rate is determined by multiplying the total of vehicle crashes over the last year by 1 million, then dividing the fleet's total vehicle miles traveled over the past 12 months.

Another valuable metric: the total cost of a fleet's vehicle crashes, as well as the average cost of a vehicle crash. These metrics measure crash severity.

Another useful metric for fleet owners and managers to track: negative road observations. This metric is more art than numbers crunching, as it involves an assessment of feedback about the fleet from the public, truckers and industry partners. By tracking feedback, patterns can begin to emerge that highlight safety issues with a particular driver or vehicle.

If you or a loved one has been harmed in a truck accident, contact a personal injury attorney who can help you get maximum compensation for all damages.

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