truckLarge trucks—especially semi-trucks—are more likely than light trucks or passenger vehicles to catch fire in high-speed vehicle crashes, according to a recent study by the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center.

The center said that incidents resulting in large-truck fires can be reduced or eliminated by taking preventative steps to improve safety on the road: mandatory inertia fuel switches as standard vehicle equipment, rigid roadside barriers, protected crossover lines between fuel tanks, protected placement of fuel tanks on the cab, enforcements of rest period and quality sleep for drivers, investment in driver fatigue technology, and elimination of cab distractions.