Statistics released Jan. 21 by the U.S. Department of
Transportation show ongoing improvement in highway safety for the U.S. trucking
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
fatalities for the fifth year in a row. In 2002, trucking was the only highway
user group to record a decline.