Fatalities up, injuries down in latest FMCSA safety study

| Monday, June 27, 2005

The number of large-truck fatalities is on the rise, according to new research released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

According to FMCSA’s “Motor Carrier Safety Progress Report,” 5,196 deaths in trucks occurred in 2004. That number is up from 4,986 in 2003, and 4,939 in 2002.

However, the number of injuries in trucks actually decreased last year, down to 118,000, compared with 122,000 in 2003.

The report shows that its numbers are based on preliminary data, and does not indicate whether more or less than 100 million truck vehicle miles – the number of miles studied in previous years – were evaluated.

“We’re awaiting for the Federal Highway Administration to give us the denominator, so to speak, before we can calculate the fraction,” Bill MacLeod, director of communications for FMCSA, told Land Line. “We know how many injuries there were – that’s the numerator – but we need the denominator.”

MacLeod said there is no exact date on when the final numbers will be available, but he does expect to receive them soon.

– By Aaron Ladage, staff writer