Minas Gerais state has the largest road network within Brazil on which thousands of vehicles travel daily. Due the increasing in the number of tractors in Brazil, traffic incidents may have also increased. Therefore, the present work aimed to characterize accidents involving tractors in Minas Gerais federal highways through the following indicators, event type, crash causes, time of the day in which the episode occurred, drivers age, climatic conditions and the road the case happened by analyzing Traffic Accident Reports (TAR). The incidents’ information was provided by the Federal Highway Police (FHP) through TAR questionnaires. The total data set in the present work is composed by 148 TAR forms in Minas Gerais State between January, 2008 and September, 2011. The results were submitted to the chi-square test at 95% probability. The events’ profile indicates collision as the main crash type, lack of attention as the main cause and the time period that has the most occurrences was 09:00 to 11:59 time period. Additionally, the group aged 25 to 30 years old were involved in the highest number of episodes, in good climatic conditions and the Brazilian Federal road BR-381 had the most evidenced cases.
Key words: Highway safety, tractor accident, collisions, safety.
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