Trucks represent 4 percent of registered highway vehicles and about 7 percent of vehicle miles of travel, but 12 percent of all people killed in motor vehicle incidents are involved in a crash with a large truck. Occupants of other vehicles or people outside the truck account for 86 percent of total fatalities involving large trucks for 2001.
|Fatalities involving large trucks||5,282||5,082|
|Fatalities involving large trucks percent change from previous year||-1.49||-3.79|
|Large-truck occupant fatalities||754||704|
|Large-truck occupant fatalities percent change from previous year||-0.66||-6.63|
NOTE: Large trucks are over 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating.
SOURCES: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, 2000 Traffic Safety Facts. Available at: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/ncsa/factshet.html. 2001 numbers from NHTSA, 2001 Annual Assessment, available at: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/Rpts/2002/Assess01.pdf