Large-truck fatality rate at an all-time low

March 1, 2008
Three of the primary measures of large-truck safety fell to record lows in 2006, according to the United States Department of Transportation

Three of the primary measures of large-truck safety fell to record lows in 2006, according to figures released by the United States Department of Transportation.

Newly released Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) vehicle mileage figures showed the large-truck involvement rate in fatal crashes, the fatality rate, and the fatal crash rate for large trucks each declined to its lowest level since the U.S. Department of Transportation began tracking large-truck safety records in 1975.

The 2006 fatal crash rate for large trucks stood at 1.93 fatal crashes per 100 million vehicle-miles-traveled. This breaks the previous low of 1.97 fatal crashes per 100 million vehicle-miles-traveled in 2002.

The large truck-involvement rate fell to 2.12 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, down from 2.21 a year earlier. The fatality rate declined to 2.24 per 100 million vehicle-miles-traveled, down from 2.34 in 2005. The fatal crash rate measures the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks per 100 million miles traveled. The large-truck involvement rate measures the number of trucks involved in fatal crashes per 100 million miles traveled. The fatality rate measures the number of deaths in truck-involved crashes per 100 million miles traveled.

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