Continued Safety Improvement
The truck-involved fatality rate had its largest year-to-year drop ever, declining by 12.3 percent, to 1.86 per 100 million miles in 2008, according to the the latest Vehicle Miles Traveled figures released by the Federal Highway Administration. It is the fifth consecutive year the fatality rate has improved.
“These latest figures underscore the trucking industry’s tremendous commitment to safety,” said Bill Graves, president and CEO of American Trucking Associations. “We continue to improve safety performance while operating under the Hours-of-Service rules.”
The number of injuries in truck-involved crashes also declined, falling by 11 percent.