The American Trucking Associations (ATA) today highlighted the release of new federal data showing a drop in the large truck-involved crash rates in 2013.
As a result of information released by the Federal Highway Administration that estimated miles traveled by large trucks in 2013, the ATA said it was able to calculate the large truck-involved crash fatality rate as 1.44 per 100 million miles traveled.
That’s a 1.6 percent decline from the 1.465 per 100 million miles traveled in 2012, the ATA said. With 2013’s decline, the fatality rate has plummeted 39.2 percent over the past decade, and the injury rate saw a 34.2 decline over the past decade as well.
“The trucking industry’s efforts to improve safety on our highways are showing results,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “While there is still much work to do, we should feel good that because of the efforts of ATA and others in the industry, our highways are safer, even as our trucks deliver more goods all across our nation.”
ATA calculated the fatality and injury rates using the figure for truck miles traveled — 275,018,000,000 miles in 2013 according to the FHWA — and the number of truck-involved fatalities and injuries.
“Safety isn’t just Job One for trucking, its Jobs One, Two and Three,” said ATA Chairman Duane Long, chairman of Longistics, Raleigh, N.C. “The commitment that carriers like mine have made to ensure that not just our drivers, but everyone on the road arrives safely, is producing results.”
“For years, as our industry was driving more miles and involved in fewer crashes, ATA has been urging the federal government to better focus on the known causes of crashes,” said ATA First Vice Chairman Pat Thomas, vice president, UPS.
“From petitioning NHTSA on speed limiters, to urging more traffic enforcement to prevent aggressive driving, ATA will continue to press regulators to implement the most effective highway safety countermeasures.”