Big truck fatality rate drops

Big truck fatality rate drops

Copyright 2004, Traffic World, Inc.

New statistics released by the Department of Transportation show continued major improvement in highway safety for the nation''s trucking industry.

According to DOT, the new fatal crash rate for large trucks in 2002 was 1.9 fatal crashes per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, an 11 percent reduction from the previous year. This puts the rate at its lowest point since the DOT began keeping large truck safety records in 1975.

"The trucking industry and our drivers continue to work hard every mile, every day to make our highways safer," said Bill Graves, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations. "Their commitment is making a difference."

The drop in the large truck fatal crash rate coincides with a reduction in the number of truck-involved highway fatalities for the fifth year in a row. In 2002, trucking was the only highway user group to record a decline.