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FMCSA releases 2019 large truck and bus crash statistics

Most crash statistics show an upward trend

Posted November 4, 2021

Fatal crashes involving large trucks increased by two percent in 2019, with speed and distraction playing leading roles. This data comes from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA's) latest “Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts” report, which indicates that most types of crashes were more frequent in 2019 than the prior year.

Other highlights from this year’s report include:

  • A four-percent increase in the number of large trucks in fatal crashes per 100 million miles traveled,
  • A six-percent increase in injury crashes among large trucks,
  • No change in the number of large trucks involved in property-damage-only crashes, and
  • A two-and-a-half-percent decrease in fatal crashes among buses.

Each year, FMCSA publishes its analysis of crashes, including the vehicles, people, and drivers involved. Data comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), FMCSA, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

This article was written by Jen Loomis of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

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