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