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 87 percent of total fatalities involving large trucks for 2001.
|Fatalities involving large trucks||5,211||5,192|
|Fatalities involving large trucks percent change from previous year||-2.82||-0.36|
|Large-truck occupant fatalities||741||696|
|Large-truck occupant fatalities percent change from previous year||-2.37||-6.07|
NOTE: Large trucks are over 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating.
SOURCES: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Analysis Division, Large Truck Crash Profile: The 1999 National Picture, available at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/factsfigs/mchsstats.htm, and 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 Early Assessment, available at: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/Rpts/2002/2001EARelease.pdf