Fatal truck crashes increased slightly in 2018
Story by: Matt Cole @ Overdriveonline.com I
The number of fatalities in crashes involving large trucks increased slightly in 2018 from 2017 with 46 more fatalities in 2018 than the previous year, according to numbers released Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
NHTSA defines a large truck as vehicles with gross vehicle weight ratings above 10,000 pounds, so medium- and heavy-duty pickups, as well as commercial trucks, are included in the statistics.
According to NHTSA, there were 4,951 people killed in crashes involving large trucks, up from 4,905 in 2017 (a 0.9% increase). There were 885 large truck occupants killed in crashes, along with 4,066 occupants of other vehicles and non-occupants (pedestrians and cyclists).
The agency notes that fatalities decreased from 2017 to 2018 in all segments except crashes involving large trucks and nonoccupants. According to Matt Cole and his article in Overdriveonline.com
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The full report on 2018 fatal crashes can be found here.
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