Fatal Truck Accidents in U.S. Decline for Second Consecutive Year, ATA Reports
While this short-term decline has been promising for both the trucking industry and safety officials, what may be more encouraging is the fact that, over the past decade, the rate of deadly truck crashes in the U.S. has dropped by more than 40 percent.
These findings, according to the ATA, are based on an in-depth analysis of crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In addition to finding that both the short- and long-term trends in deadly truck accidents have been declining, the ATA’s analysis also reportedly revealed that:
- The truck fatality rate in the U.S. has hit a remarkable low of 1.4 per 100 million miles traveled.
- While 2014 saw at least 60 fewer fatal truck crashes than 2013, in 2014, the number of miles trucks were driven on U.S roads surged dramatically, rising to more than 279 billion miles.
- When car versus truck accidents occur, trucks/truck drivers are the at-fault parties in less than 1 out of every 3 of these crashes.
What’s Behind the Downward Trend
Although the ATA has not pointed to any specific factors as being the driving force behind the remarkable downward trend in deadly truck crashes (over the short- and longer-term), some industry professionals have pointed to the following as being potential contributing factors:
- Enhanced safety regulations for the trucking industry
- Better enforcement of those regulations
- Improvements in trucking safety technology.
The ATA’s Recommendations for a Continued Decline
To encourage a continuing downward decline in the incidence of fatal truck accidents in the U.S., the ATA is urging transportation authorities and/or law enforcement officials to focus on “aggressive traffic enforcement and education programs aimed at changing the unsafe behaviors of all motorists.”
Remarking on the ATA’s findings, ATA President and CEO Bill Graves has commented:
America’s trucking industry has invested billions to improve safety and that commitment is paying off… The short-term decline is welcome news, but the important figure is the long-term trend… The long-term trend – in this case, a more than 40% improvement – is of paramount importance.
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