NTSB: transportation fatalities rise; truck fatalities fall

| 10/6/2003

Transportation fatalities in the United States increased slightly in 2002, according to preliminary figures released Oct. 2 by the National Transportation Safety Board.

However, deaths in the category of medium and heavy trucks declined, the report said.

Deaths from transportation accidents in the United States in 2002 totaled 45,098 – up from the 44,969 fatalities in 2001.

Highway fatalities, accounting for more than 94 percent of the transportation deaths in 2002, increased from 42,196 in 2001 to 42,815 in 2002. The number of fatalities increased in most highway vehicle categories.

However, a decrease in deaths occurred in the category of medium and heavy trucks, which recorded 24 fewer fatalities in 2002 than in 2001.