Maximum Overdrive: Big Trucking's Terror on the Roads
Little vehicles of the road, beware! About 12 percent of all people who died in motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2005 were killed in accidents involving a large truck. In total, that's 5,212 people. About 114,000 more were injured in such crashes.
In February 2007, the Analysis Division of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation released such statistical carnage, as well as an entire Large Truck Crash Facts 2005 report. It also put out an annotated 2005 Large Truck Crash Overview.
The DOT is also carrying out the Large Truck Crash Causation Study, a three-year data collection project that could determine the contributing factors of large truck crashes and mitigating steps to minimize both crash frequency and severity.
October 15, 2007
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