The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has presented its “crash predictor” study that evaluates and links past driver traffic violations and convictions with their likelihood of being involved in a crash.
The study shows that reckless driving and improper turn violations as the two violations associated with the highest increased in likelihood of a future crash.
The four convictions with the highest likelihood of a future crash are: improper or erratic lane change; failure to yield right of way; improper turn; and failure to maintain a proper lane. When a driver receives a conviction for one of these behaviors, the likelihood of a future crash increases between 91 and 100 percent.
In a summary of all crash data analyzed, reckless driving violations prompt the highest likelihood of a future crash; 325 percent.
The study also shows what enforcement and education programs are best to address potential or current driver behavior problems. For more information, click here for the American Trucking Associations Web site at truckline.com.