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The Accident Externality from Trucking

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  • Lucija Muehlenbachs
  • Stefan Staubli
  • Ziyan Chu

The presence of a heavy truck on the road can impose an externality if accidents occur that would not have otherwise. We find each additional truck on the road increases the risk of a truck accident—but also, at an even higher rate, the risk of a car-on-car collision. Our estimates imply two percent of all car-on-car collisions can be attributed to trucks on the road. This negative externality falls on all road users through higher car insurance premiums: one truck, driving for a year in the same zip code, increases the insurance premium of each new enrollee by $0.48/year.

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Date of creation: Sep 2017
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:23791
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