DOT: Fatal crash rate for large trucks down

| Thursday, January 22, 2004

Statistics released Jan. 21 by the U.S. Department of Transportation show ongoing improvement in highway safety for the U.S. trucking industry.

According to DOT, the new fatal crash rate for large trucks is 1.9 fatal crashes per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, an 11 percent reduction from the previous year. This puts the rate at its lowest point since the DOT began keeping large truck safety records in 1975.

The drop in the large truck fatal crash rate coincides with a reduction in the number of truck-involved highway fatalities for the fifth year in a row. In 2002, trucking was the only highway user group to record a decline.