Truck Fatalities Fell 12 Percent in 2008

Truck Fatalities Fell 12 Percent in 2008

The number of people killed in accidents involving heavy trucks declined 12 percent in 2008, the latest year for which complete figures are available. The reduction occurred while truck traffic increased slightly from 227.06 billion miles in 2007 to 227.45 billion miles in 2008, according to figures released in December by the Federal Highway Administration.

Truck-related fatalities decreased from 4,822 in 2007 to 4,229 in 2008, primarily due to the 469 fewer fatalities of occupants of other vehicles in crashes involving trucks, said the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration in an analysis released in June 2009.

“These latest figures underscore the trucking industry’s tremendous commitment to safety,” said Bill Graves, President and CEO of the American Trucking Associations.

Contact Thomas L. Gallagher at tgallagher@joc.com.