FMCSA Says Rate of Truck-Occupant Deaths and Fatal Crashes Continues to Climb

Federal trucking regulators expressed concern over increasing numbers of large-truck-involved fatal crashes in work zones and a continuing increase in the number of fatalities of large-truck occupants.

Speaking at a Jan. 15 session of the 2019 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Jack Van Steenburg, chief safety officer for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, said the number of large-truck-occupant fatalities increased to 841 in 2017 from 725 in 2016 and 665 in 2015. Roughly 38% of those victims in occupant fatalities were not wearing their seat belts, he said.

Likewise, the percentage of fatal work zone crashes that involved at least one large truck increased to 30.4% in 2017, up from 27.2% the prior year and 26.8% in 2015, Van Steenburg said.