Reduction in Frequency of Fatal Accidents Involving Trucks
The frequency of fatal traffic accidents involving large trucks operated by CDL license drivers fell sharply in 2009, dropping 20% from 2008 to 2009 as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“These latest figures illustrate the trucking industry’s deep commitment to improving highway safety,” said Bill Graves, American Trucking Associations (ATA) president and chief executive officer. “ATA will continue to advance its progressive safety agenda in an effort to further this outstanding trend.”
This significant decrease is mostly attributed to the improved hours-of-service regulations which took effect in January 2004. Overall, fatalities have decreased 33% since 2004.
“Greater rest opportunities for drivers under the 2004 hours-of-service rules and a more circadian-friendly approach to a driver’s work-rest cycle have helped truck drivers achieve these exceptional results,” said Graves.
Truck occupant deaths as well as injuries both decreased 26% from 2008 to 2009. These significant decreases were the largest of any motorist group.
Overall, the number of motorist fatalities due to crashes in the United States decreased 9.7% from 2008 to 2009. This represents the lowest level of motorist fatalities since 1950.