n Journal of Contemporary Management - Factors that contribute to road accidents caused by heavy commercial vehicles : a South African perspective

Volume 11, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1815-7440



This article contributes to an understanding of transportation within a South African context. In spite of growing road safety campaigns, the number of heavy commercial vehicles (HCV) on the roads and the associated accidents increases. Within this context, the purpose of this article is to explore and provide insight into factors that contribute to accidents caused by these vehicles and to provide potential solutions to decrease the number of HCV-related accidents.

The article presented is based on a theoretical approach, and reveals that the main factors contributing to the increase in HCV accidents are road conditions, vehicle factors and human factors. An exploratory study was conducted and potential solutions are provided to decrease the number of HCV-related accidents. This could be achieved with support and financial investments from the government and logistics companies.
This article contributes to the limited existing body of research on this topic and provides an understanding of accidents caused by HCVs within a South African context.

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