Traffic fatalities down for third consecutive year in 2019

Overall traffic fatalities were little changed in 2019 for large truck occupants and down across all vehicles types, according to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

On Dec. 18, NHTSA released its 2019 traffic fatality data, revealing that traffic deaths went down last year. Specifically, there were 36,096 traffic fatalities in 2019, down 2% from 2018. Numbers were down across all categories except for occupants of SUVs (3.4% increase), light trucks (0.2% increase) and large trucks (0.2% increase).

Large truck occupant fatalities increased from 890 to 892, or 0.2%, from 2018 to 2019. In October, NHTSA reported there was no significant change in fatality crashes involving large trucks from 2018 to 2019. Large trucks are defined as any commercial and noncommercial truck with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds.