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Commercial Motor Vehicle Facts

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

February 2004


2002 Police-Reported Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes

Crash Type Large Trucks* All Vehicles
Fatal 4,183 38,309
Injury 90,000 1,929,000
Property Damage Only 322,000 4,348,000
Total 416,000 6,305,000

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)
and General Estimates System (GES).
*Note: A large truck is defined as a truck with gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 10,000 pounds.

2002 Traffic Crash Victims

In Large Truck Crashes In All Vehicle Crashes
Killed 4,897 42,815
Injured 130,000 2,926,000

Source: NHTSA, Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and General Estimates System (GES).

2002 Fatality and Injury Rates

Large Trucks All Vehicles
Vehicle Miles Traveled 214,530,000,000 2,855,756,000,000
Fatality Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled 2.3 1.5
Injury Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled 60.5 102.5
Total 416,000 6,305,000

Sources: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Highway Statistics 2002 , Table VM-1;
and NHTSA, Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and General Estimates System (GES).

1997-1999 Average Costs of Truck Crashes (2002 Dollars)

Average Cost per Crash $59,153
Average Total Cost per Year $19.6 billion

Source: Ted Miller, Eduard Zaloshnja, Rebecca Spicer, Revised Cost of Large Truck and Bus Involved Crashes
(2002).

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

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