A recent study commissioned by Lytx Inc. and performed by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that more than 25,000 collisions could be prevented and more than 800 lives saved annually if all heavy trucks and buses were equipped with video and safety compliance technology.
The study, conducted by Jeffrey Hickman, the group leader for the Behavioral Analysis and Applications Group under the Center for Truck and Bus Safety at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, reviewed data reported from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The study tried to quantitatively evaluated the potential safety benefits of equipping all United States trucks and buses with Lytx’s DriveCam Program 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.
“If driver behavior is the primary reason for traffic crashes, then approaches that pinpoint and focus on reducing risky driving behavior are likely to be the most effective in reducing crashes,” said Dr. Jeffrey Hickman in the study. “Motor vehicle crashes are often predictable and preventable. Yet, many drivers choose to behave in ways that put themselves and others at risk for a vehicle crash and/or serious injuries. The most efficacious onboard safety monitoring systems use in-vehicle video technology to gather driving behaviors that can be addressed and corrected, thereby reducing future crash risk.”
“The results of this study underscore our mission – we harness the power of video, predictive analytics and cloud technologies to prevent collisions, save lives and transform businesses,” said Brandon Nixon, Lytx chairman and CEO. “Someone dies in a vehicle collision in the U.S. every 15 minutes. Each fatality represents someone’s loved one. The sad truth is that 90 percent of these tragedies are due to human error and are avoidable.”
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