NHTSA data says truck fatalities increased, overall fatalities decreased

| 8/2/2005

Despite a small increase in large truck accidents, the fatality rate in 2004 was the lowest it’s been in 30 years, according to preliminary data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Other categories in addition to large trucks that showed fatality increases were motorcycles, SUVs and bicycles.

On Monday, Aug. 1, NHTSA released early results of its 2004 Traffic Safety Annual Assessment, which showed that 761 people – including drivers and passengers – were killed while in large trucks last year, up from 726 in 2003.

The large truck statistics stand in contrast to most other vehicle classes, which showed decreases in fatalities. Passenger cars decreased from 32,271 in 2003 to 31,693 last year, and pickup truck deaths decreased by 44 people to 5,801. Fatal accidents involving alcohol and unrestrained motorists also decreased.

Additional information concerning the data will be available at a later unspecified date, according to a NHTSA press release.