But the good news for truck operators has not translated into lower premiums for heavy vehicles, and further increases in premiums are expected.
Crashes involving both articulated and rigid trucks have fallen by 13% in the past five years, according to data from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics.
Its latest bulletin of fatal heavy vehicle crashes for the 2011/12 financial year shows that 225 people died in 200 crashes during the period.
National Transport Insurance (NTI) CEO Tony Clark says the industry has done significant work on improving safety systems and driver behaviour, and the official figures are supported by NTI’s own research into major accidents.
While NTI agree the ratio of heavy vehicle claims to vehicles is near an all-time low, the average annual costs of accidents has risen by 20% in the past three years.
NTI indicates premiums will almost certainly continue increasing.
Claims from very large vehicle accidents can include the cost of cleaning-up fuel spills, and often involves damage to other parties’ property as well as infrastructure such as roads. In addition the cost of the damage to the trucks has risen as well.
Claims for accidents involving smaller, short-haul trucks are increasing, although the average claims cost is rising by a lesser amount.
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