Statistics Revealed About Accidents and Commercial Vehicles
It was recently reported that a slight increase in traffic fatalities had many safety regulators taking notice. Now the numbers are in, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reporting that 17,775 people died in motor vehicle accidents during the first six months of 2016. This marked a 10 percent increase over the first half of 2015.
There is also data that suggests accidents in general are increasing at a slow rate over the past several quarters. But just how many of these accidents are related to truck driving? The last time government data was compiled about truck driving was 2014, when over 3,900 accidents related to large commercial vehicles represented about 12 percent of 32,675 road fatalities during the year.
While truckers may represent a larger portion of overall accidents, the number of fatalities according to both time period and miles traveled has continued to decrease year-over-year. Still, the numerical figure has caused many regulators to take a closer look at the trucking industry.
The ELD mandate has been reported on recently, and this law continues to be one that regulators claim will lead to less accidents involving commercial vehicles. But many truckers believe that better equipment, not regulatory intervention, may be the key to keeping drivers safer on the road.
According to a recent report by the American Trucking Associations, trucking activity is expected to increase year-over-year during the next decade. This means that there will be plenty of time to see whether or not these new safety measures are able to reliably reduce accidents.