US heavy vehicle fatalities fall

US heavy vehicle fatalities fall

A new report shows there was a welcome drop in fatal crashes involving heavy vehicles in 2014.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) latest annual Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report found the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes decreased by 5%, from 3,921 to 3,744, in 2014, compared to 2013.

US heavy vehicle fatalities fallThe report also finding that the rate of large trucks involved in fatal crashes dropped 6%.

Those falls came despite a 1.5% increase in miles traveled in the period and that makes the results even more pleasing.

Conversely, there was an increase in incidents involving large trucks where someone was injured (up 21%) and property damage only crashes jumped 31% in the year.

Other notable findings from the latest FMCSA report included;

  • 9% of the drivers of large trucks involved in fatal crashes were not wearing a seat-belt at the time of the crash
  • 30% of those not wearing a seat-belt were completely or partially ejected from the vehicle.
  • Of the 657 large truck occupant fatalities, 90% were drivers and 10% were passengers.
  • 1% of police-reported crashes involving large trucks in the year resulted in at least one fatality.
  • 20% of police-reported crashes involving large trucks resulted in at least one non-fatal injury.
  • 26% of all fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred on rural or urban Interstate highways.
  • Most fatal crashes (84%) and non-fatal crashes (88%) occurred on weekdays.

Check out the full report here.

About Kate Richards 1163 Articles
Kate has always had an interest in writing and cars and now as a key member of the Behind the Wheel website team she gets to spend her days consumed by both. Aside from being a contributor and an editor at Behind the Wheel, Kate enjoys driving her Lancer EVO and walking her beloved dog, Max!

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