NHTSA Reports Fatal Crashes Involving Large Trucks Increased Just Under One Percent in One Year

Date: October 29, 2019

According to statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,905 fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred in 2018; a less than one percent increase from the year prior.

To put the new figure into perspective, fatal crashes involving large trucks increased from 3,863 to 4,951 between the years 2016 and 2017. The report, “2018 Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview,” shows that fatalities from these types of crashes in 2018 decreased from the previous year by 2.4 percent, and lowered “in almost all segments of the population,” according to Transport Topics.

“Over the past 40 years there has been a general downward trend in traffic fatalities,” the report said. “Safety programs such as those increasing seat belt use and reducing impaired driving have substantially lowered the traffic fatalities. Vehicle improvements such as air bags and electronic stability control have also contributed greatly to the reduction of traffic deaths.”

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