Research Paper

A Research Paper is being required in lieu of a final examination and covers topics that have been presented during the course. Prepare a Research Paper from one of the topics selected from those listed below:

1. Research a recent (within the last three years) hazardous materials incident on U.S. roadways involving

trucking and describe what happened, what specific safety measures were and were not followed, and

how the accident might have been avoided or results of the accident reduced.

2. Research a recent (within the last three years) major accident on roadways of the U.S. involving a

truck/trailer combination that resulted in major damage or major injuries. Describe the factors leading up

to the accident and how application of specific principles you have learned in this course could have

either prevented the accident or reduced the damages.

3. Research a major terrorism incident involving use of a vehicle as a weapon (within the last three years)

anywhere in the world and describe what specific measures could have been taken to prevent the

incident or to lessen its impact.

The paper should be at least five to seven pages in length, be written using APA format and have the following elements:


Cover sheet


Description of accident

Specific measures or factors listed that were not followed or led up to the accident

Recommendations as to what specifically could have been done to prevent or reduce damage from the


A conclusion section giving a summary to support your views/ideas


Note: If you use an accident that has been fully investigated by an agency of the government and you utilize their recommendations, you must explain why you feel


each of these recommendations are valid and how you feel that

they could be put into place.


APA Guidelines

CSU requires that students use the APA style for papers and projects. Therefore, the APA rules for formatting,


quoting, paraphrasing, citing, and listing of sources are to be followed. A document titled “APA Guidelines Summary”

is available for you to download from the APA Guide Link, found in the Learning Resources area of the myCSU

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