NHTSA: Fatalities involving trucks decrease

| 7/18/2003

According to figures released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the trucking industry recorded its best highway safety improvement in nearly a decade.

Overall, the number of truck-involved crash fatalities dropped below 5,000 for the first time since 1995. The 2002 toll of 4,897 fatalities marks a 4.2 percent decline from the 2001 figure.

However, the drop in truck-related highway deaths came as overall traffic fatalities in the U.S. increased from 42,196 in 2001 to 42,815 in 2002. Alcohol-related deaths, motorcycle fatalities and young driver deaths each showed an increase.