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Fatalities in Large-Truck Crashes (annual data)

Fatalities in Large-Truck Crashes (annual data). If you are a user with a disability and cannot view this image, please call 800-853-1351 or email answers@bts.gov for further assistance.

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.

Large-Truck Crashes 2000 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