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National Facts

  • In 2003, there were 58,512 total vehicles involved in fatal crashes in the U.S.
  • Of those, 4,669 were fatal crashes involving large trucks.
  • Large trucks are more likely to be involved in a fatal multi-vehicle crash than are passenger vehicles
  • Most fatal truck crashes occurred in rural areas (68 percent) during the daytime (66 percent) and on weekdays (78 percent).
  • About 27 percent of all large truck drivers involved in fatal truck crashes had at least one prior speeding conviction compared to 19 percent of the passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes.

Source: NHTSA Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)