ARLINGTON, Va. (April 18, 2016) — American Trucking Associations officials are pleased with U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) data indicating that fatal truck crashes fell 3.7 percent in 2014, continuing the decade-long improvement in safety the industry has experienced.
“It is a tragedy whenever there is a fatality on our highways, but the trucking industry is pleased to see that it is a tragedy that fewer and fewer Americans are experiencing,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves on April 15 in response to the DOT report.
“While the one-year decline being reported by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is positive, the long-term trend is of paramount importance, and that trend is impressive. The number of crashes involving large trucks had fallen 39 percent since 2004 and, while there is much more to do, that is a figure our professional drivers, our safety directors, our technicians and our safety partners in federal and state law enforcement can be proud of.”
There were a number of important findings in the release of FMCSA's Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2014, according to the ATA, including:
- The injury crash rate for large trucks (0.29 per 100 million miles) continues to be roughly half the rate for passenger vehicles (0.58 per 100 million miles);
- The number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes fell 5 percent to 3,744 from 2013 to 2014, and is down 23.6 percent since 2004; and
- The number of miles traveled by large trucks rose by 1.5 percent in 2014 which, coupled with the decline in truck-involved crashes, dropped the truck-involved fatality rate to 1.40 per 100 million miles — a 2.9-percent decline from 2013 and a 40.1 percent decline since 2004.