Trucking industry sees reduction in truck involved fatalities

A new report reveals that 2009 was the safest year for the trucking industry since the federal government began tracking job-related fatalities in 1975.

According to the American Trucking Association, the rate of truck-involved deaths on U.S. highways was 1.17 per 100 million miles in 2009. This is a 14 percent decrease from the 1.37 rate in 2008.

ATA Chairman Barbara Windsor said that the trucking industry has made significant strides in decreasing work-related injuries and deaths. Those efforts are highlighted in the organization's 18-point progressive safety agenda and programs such as Share the Road and America's Road Team.

"This is great news, not just for the trucking industry but for the entire motoring public," ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said. "These improvements are a testament to the commitment to safety made by the trucking industry, the federal government, and trucking’s law enforcement partners."

By providing training for drivers, safer vehicles, and updating safety equipment, employers have reduced risks for drivers.

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