Table 1 - Driver-Related Factors Cited in Two-Vehicle Fatal Crashes Between Large Trucks and Passenger Vehicles: 2000

Table 1 - Driver-Related Factors Cited in Two-Vehicle Fatal Crashes Between Large Trucks and Passenger Vehicles: 2000

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  Large-truck driver Passenger vehicle driver
Number of factors Percent Number of factors Percent
Driver-related factor(s) listed 658 24.6 2,200 82.3
No driver-related factor listed 2,018 75.5 473 17.7
Total drivers 2,673 100.0 2,673 100.0
Top factors        
Failure to yield right-of-way 313 11.7 527 19.7
Driving too fast for conditions or speeding 109 4.1 438 16.4
Failure to keep in proper lane 101 3.8 698 26.1
Failure to obey traffic signs/devices 75 2.8 300 11.2
Inattentive (talking, eating, etc) 13 0.5 130 4.9
Erratic/reckless driving 75 2.8 288 10.8
Running off road 32 1.2 135 5.1
Following improperly 38 1.4 164 6.1
Making other improper turn 31 1.2 64 2.4
Drowsy, sleepy, asleep, fatigued 25 0.9 68 2.5
Avoiding, swerving or sliding due to ice, snow, etc. 17 0.6 58 2.2
Driving on wrong side of road 15 0.6 90 3.4

NOTE: Total number of large-truck and passenger car drivers involved in two-vehicle, large-truck/passenger car crashes in 2000 = 5,461.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) database, available at http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/, as of April 2002.