Warning! Safety Violations Ahead: Motor Carrier Companies Keep Unsafe Trucks on U.S. Roads

by: Prince, Glover & Hayes Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Part IV

The more than 9 million trucks that ravel U.S. roads each year make up only 4% of all passenger vehicles, yet are involved in 12% of all motor vehicle fatalities. Fatalities per miles driven are 56% higher for trucks than for all motor vehicles combined.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2007, the most recent year for which complete data is available, 4,808 people died in collisions with trucks and 86,845 were seriously injured.

Not surprisingly, the vast majority of people killed in accidents with trucks are the drivers and passengers of the cars that get hit. In fact, more people die in collisions with trucks than in collisions with planes, trains, ships and interstate buses combine.

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