Improving the Safety of Older Heavy-Vehicle Drivers: Developing a Framework for Moving Forward

Road freight transportation represents a long-standing transport safety and public health problem in the United States. One group of heavy-vehicle drivers (HVDs) found to be over-represented in crash statistics is those age 60 and older. The overarching goal of this project is to reduce crashes among older HVDs. This project represents the starting point for developing a program that can be used by HVDs and trucking company management to keep HVDs on the road for as long as they can safely drive. Specific aim of this project are to: 1) conduct an analysis of HV crash data to identify risk factors that contribute to crashes among older HVDs; 2) conduct a synthesis of the literature to identify existing preventive strategies in the road freight transport industry; 3) conduct a series of group and individual structured interviews with HVDs and trucking company management; and 4) develop the conceptual framework for a needs assessment tool designed to improve the safety management of older drivers in the road freight transport industry. Knowledge dissemination and translation represents a key component of the proposed project. Dissemination of findings to the scientific, government, industry and broader community will be undertaken through a variety of forms including publications in high impact journals and presentations at national and international conferences. The research team is well qualified to carry out the research. The team has extensive experience and expertise in the area of HVDs and truck safety. The research team represents a "quad team" made up of investigators from two groups within the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, as well as researchers from another academic institution, Monash University Accident Research Centre in Australia. Also included on the team are a student and a representative from the trucking industry; the latter's practical experience will add significantly to the project.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $35000.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Principal Investigators:

    Molnar, Lisa

  • Start Date: 20150901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20161031
  • Actual Completion Date: 20161212
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40186

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01572180
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advancing Transportation Leadership and Safety (ATLAS Center)
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC54
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 4 2015 1:00AM