According to the American Trucking Associations, new Federal Highway Administration vehicle mileage figures -- used to help determine crash rates for all vehicles -- show the new 2000 rate for large trucks at 2.2 fatal crashes per 100 million vehicles-miles-traveled. This puts the rate at its lowest point since the U.S. Department of Transportation began keeping large truck safety records in 1975. According to federal statistics, the overall large truck fatal crash rate has been cut by 29 percent over the past decade, says ATA.
The continuing drop in the large truck fatal crash rate coincides with a 3.1 percent drop in the actual number of truck-related fatalities for 2000, the fourth year in a row this category has recorded a drop. In addition, truck drivers continue to be the least likely to be cited for alcohol use in fatal crashes where alcohol is a factor.