fatalities in the United States increased slightly in 2002, according
to preliminary figures released Oct. 2 by the National Transportation
deaths in the category of medium and heavy trucks declined, the
from transportation accidents in the United States in 2002 totaled
45,098 – up from the 44,969 fatalities in 2001.
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.
a decrease in deaths occurred in the category of medium and heavy
trucks, which recorded 24 fewer fatalities in 2002 than in 2001.