The American Trucking Associations has reviewed current crash and mileage data from the Department of Transportation and determined that the rate of truck-related deaths has decreased.
The Federal Highway Administration furnished miles traveled data and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration provided data concerning highway fatalities. According to their examination of this data, the ATA ascertained that the rate of truck-involved fatalities decreased for the second consecutive year to 1.4 per 100 million miles traveled.
ATA executive vice president for National Safety, Dave Osiecki says the industry is working hard to make the roads safer for truck drivers and all motorists through advancements in technology and training. He concedes that although there is still much that can be done, current efforts are beginning to pay off in fewer injuries and fatalities.
In 2014, just under four thousand truck-related deaths were recorded. According to the NHSTA, that number decreased by 61 from the 2013 total, all while the number of miles large trucks traveled increased to over 279 billion. These figures include all truck accident fatalities even if the truck was not the primary cause of the accident.
Over the past two years, the death rate has declined 4.76 percent. That rate has plummeted 40.6 percent during the past decade.
Industry officials are glad to see the short-term decreases, but note that they could be anomalies. The long-term downward trend, rather, should be the primary indicator of significant progress.
Despite the reduction in the number of truck-related deaths, statistics show that more people die each year in truck-involved accidents than people who have been killed in domestic commercial airline crashes over the past 45 years.
Heavy trucks are involved in a disproportionate number of deadly accidents. Large trucks represent only about 10 percent of the total miles traveled in the U.S. in 2013, however, the National Transportation Safety Board recently reported that trucks are involved in one out of every eight fatal accidents and approximately 25 percent of deadly accidents in work zones.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 300,000 large truck accidents occur every year on U.S. roads. These accidents claim thousands of lives and cause injuries to tens of thousands of individuals. These accidents affect not only the injured victims, but also their families and friends. Some of these injuries can be life changing, leaving victims with permanent disfigurement, handicaps, or reduced earning capacity.
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