Four-year trend: Fatalities involving large trucks decrease

| 4/24/2002

According to U.S. Department of Transportation preliminary estimates involving large truck crashes, fatalities declined slightly from 5,211 in 2000 to 5,192 in 2001.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Joseph M. Clapp said this marks the fourth year in a row that fatalities involving large trucks have declined.

Nevertheless, he called the loss "intolerable," adding that improvement "is heartening and encourages us to work closer and harder with our safety partners in federal, state and local government, the private sector, and all those interested in improving motor carrier safety."

Overall, the total number of people killed in highway crashes in 2001 was estimated to be 41,730, compared to 41,821 in 2000. The 2000 statistics continue to show an increased risk of death and injury when drivers and passengers don't wear seat belts or have their children properly restrained in child safety seats, DOT said.