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Driver inattention is the leading cause of truck accidents.

October 19, 1999
By: Stacy Covitz
State Capital Bureau

When driving by an accident involving trucks, most people think the truck driver was at fault. A federal agency says more truck crashes in Missouri are caused by car drivers than truck driverss. Stacy Covitz has the story from Jefferson City.

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The state highway patrol reports that last year trucks were involved in 169 fatal car crashes. Diane Roods runs a safety commission for truckers. She says the leading cause of the accidents is driver inattention.

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Contents: Almost 60 percent of fatalities involving commercial vehicles are caused by driver inattention. Sometimes it's the truck driver's fault, sometimes it's the other driver's fault, sometimes it's both.

Roods says it is more often the car driver's fault. She says her commission is starting a program to educate car drivers on how to drive safely on the highways with trucks. From Jefferson City, I'm Stacy Covitz.

Date:10/19/99

By: Stacy Covitz

State Capital Bureau

A federal agency says driver inattention is the leading cause of truck accidents. Stacy Covitz has more from Jefferson City.

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The state highway patrol says trucks were involved in 211 fatalities last year. Diane Roods runs a safty commission for truckers. She says the leading cause of the accidents is not driver inattention of the truck driver, but inattention of the car driver.

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Contents: Roods says programs in Missouri are trying to educate the public about how to drive safely on the highway alongside trucks.

Roods says truck and car drivers speeding is the second leading cause of accidents involving trucks. From the state capitol, I'm Stacy Covitz.