Truck fatalities fall to a record low
The rate of truck-related fatalities in 2009 fell to the lowest levels since first being recorded in 1975, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports. The number of miles traveled also dropped from about 311 billion in 2008 to 288 billion in 2009.
The number of deaths fell 14 percent from 2008 to 2009, down to 3,380 fatalities from 4,245, according to analysis of NHTSA data by the American Trucking Associations.
Rates spike in March
Shipping rates increased substantially from February to March: 10 cents per mile for reefer, 15 cents for dry van and 16 cents for flatbed. March freight volume was the highest since TransCore’s North American Freight Index was formed in 1986, the load-matching service reported, and its record of truckload freight availability was the highest for any single month except October 2005.
MAY 6-7: MIDWEST PRIDE IN YOUR RIDE TRUCK/TRACTOR SHOW, Tri-State Raceway, Earlville, Iowa, (563) 580-8200.
MAY 21: ANTIQUE & WORKING TRUCK SHOW, ATHS Music City Chapter, Ward Agriculture Center, Lebanon, Tenn., (615) 330-0475.
MAY 21: ANNUAL TRUCK SHOW, ATHS Greater Cincinnati Chapter, Howard Trucking Co., Fairborn, Ohio, (937) 878-6154.
MAY 21: LESTER J. BROWN MEMORIAL SHOW of ATHS Piedmont Carolina Chapter, North Carolina Transportation Museum, Spencer, N.C. (336) 431-6824.
MAY 21: TRUCK/TRACTOR SHOW of ATHS Shenandoah Valley Chapter, Lawn Party Grounds, Bridgewater, Va., (540) 292-1058.
MAY 21: ATHS NORTHWEST ILLINOIS TRUCK SHOW, Route 39 and Baxter Road, Rockford, Ill., (815) 734-4529.
MAY 26-28: ATHS NATIONAL CONVENTION & ANTIQUE TRUCK SHOW, St. Joseph County 4H Fairgrounds, South Bend, Ind., (816) 891-9900.