Truck-related deaths drop

| 9/26/2001

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced earlier this week that fatalities involving large trucks dropped 3 percent from 1999 to 2000. The number of overall highway fatalities remained relatively unchanged from the previous year.

The 2000 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) found that there were a total of 5,211 truck-related deaths in 2000, down from 5,380 the previous year. Total highway fatalities were up slightly, from 41,717 in 1999 to 41,821 last year. The death rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, however, remained relatively unchanged at 1.6. The number of crash-related injuries dropped 1.5 percent from 1999 to 2000.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta identified fatalities involving motorcycles and sport-utility vehicles as needing the most improvement. Motorcycle deaths jumped 15.3 percent from 1999 to 2000. Single-vehicle rollover fatalities for sport-utility vehicles increased 8.9 percent.

NHTSA collects crash statistics from the 50 states and the District of Columbia to produce the annual FARS.