Commercial Vehicles

Accidents involving commercial vehicles (trucks, buses, vans and tractors) often have serious or very serious consequences for the other, generally more vulnerable, party involved. However, the drivers of commercial vehicles and occupants of buses can also suffer serious injuries. It is therefore important that the safety of both these vehicle’s occupants and other road users is taken into account in order to have a positive impact on the accident statistics. Active safety systems (driver assistance systems) are increasingly coming to the fore. However, it is also imperative to continue to examine and discuss the potential of passive safety measures, because there are still unanswered questions here, for example in relation to compatibility.

Front underrun protection systems, which have been required by law for trucks with a gross vehicle weight of over 7.5 tonnes since the end of 2003, can be expected to make a significant contribution in terms of preventing a truck's chassis from being underrun by a car coming toward it.

Buses and coaches are considered to be one of the safest means of transport at all and this is why particular severe bus accidents have a great impact on the public nowadays. In order to describe the current status of the accident and loss occurrence for buses and coaches, the German Insurers Accident Research has analysed a representative data of the...

The UDV (German Insurers Accident Research), the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), the German Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) and DEKRA carried out a joint project to examine in detail the accidents involving light goods vehicles and developed proposals for how to further improve the safety of these vehicles.

Tractors are relatively rare on German roads. Consequently, they do not figure largely in accident statistics. But when they are involved in accidents, more people than average are seriously injured or killed. For this reason, the UDV joined forces with the insurance companies Allianz and LVM to investigate where accidents involving tractors happen, the...