By Michele Fuetsch and Eric Miller, Staff Reporters
This story appears in the Dec. 12 print edition of Transport Topics.
Fatalities in U.S. highway accidents involving large trucks increased 8.7% in 2010, the first increase in four years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said last week.
NHTSA said in its annual report that 3,675 people died in truck-related accidents in 2010, an increase of 295 from the 2009 total of 3,380.
In addition, the number of people injured in truck-related accidents rose to 19,000 in 2010, from 17,000 in 2009, a 12% increase.
At the same time, truck occupant fatalities increased by 6%, to 529 in 2010 from 499 in 2009.
“We’re still trying to figure out clearly what [caused] this uptick,” NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said at the Dec. 8 press conference where the report was unveiled.
Increased truck traffic because of the economic recovery could be a factor, he said. The Federal Highway Administration tracks truck miles traveled each year but is not expected to complete its 2010 mileage analysis until next month... Continue reading.
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