Crash-related deaths rise among truck occupants

| December 11, 2012

Crash-related fatalities among occupants of large trucks rose 20 percent in 2011 from 2010 — which has spurred action from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration — while the overall number of highway deaths in 2011 fell to levels not seen since the 1940s, said the Department of Transportation this week.

The FMCSA says it is looking into what factors drove the large occupant death rate higher.

Americans drove fewer miles in 2011, the DOT said, but the number of accidents per 100 million vehicle miles traveled dropped more so than the number of miles driven.

For the full report, see Overdrive sister site CCJ‘s story.

  • jescott418

    One thing I think you need to look at is the HOS and the average experience of CDL drivers. I think you will find that the average years experience of drivers is dropping and the HOS are causing more fatigue problems because many drivers fail to take short breaks because the HOS time does not stop anymore. I myself used to take a two hour nap in the PM. After the HOS started to affect that. I think more drivers are pushing through. The EOBR do nothing more then micro manage time to the extreme. I think this also could contribute.

  • http://www.facebook.com/oxim.serafim Oxim Serafim

    Drivers are falling asleep behind the wheel!
    Guys get some modafinils to stay awake!
    Army takes it. Air Force takes it.
    It’s harmless and prevents alczheimers!
    $ 1 per tab! … 6 hours energy and other energy crap?
    Don’t be Neanderthals…
    Sincerely yours,
    Cheerfull Wakefulness.

  • http://www.facebook.com/oxim.serafim Oxim Serafim

    PS. No, it won’t test positive.
    Yes, it’s legal. (W/ scrip)

  • http://www.facebook.com/oxim.serafim Oxim Serafim

    PSS. Also — astronaut takes it…

  • Marty Marsh

    Your pretty much right on the money, when they finally figure out that you can’t tell someone when to go to sleep, maybe then the clowns will be on to something.

  • http://twitter.com/ToddModderman Todd Modderman

    It’s EOBRs causing this, keep those death machines out of our trucks.

  • otrgb

    It’s rather unbelievable that there are any questions about the causes. Way too many unqualified monkeys are being put behind the wheel while the FMCSA scrambles to adopt rules to accomodate these new wheelholders and forgets it’s mission to ensure “only the best will drive”. Along with that is the number of companies trading safety for profits (disguised and lauded as going green) as well as the support they get from activists and even media liking the slow, dangerous vehicles. Slow trucks are unsafe. In fact, anything traveling slower than the flow of traffic is a hinderance and therefore unsafe. It doesn’t matter if it’s a horse, bicycle, truck, or ufo…if it’s slower, it’s unsafe. On the other end is the fact that trucks governed at 62 or so are pushed by the operator to go that speed everywhere….in town, parking lots, rest areas, construction zones. It’s possible that since some truths can’t be scientifically documented, they aren’t counted. Nevertheless, they are still truths.

  • fphjr

    When will they learn that no rule, regulation or little black box will prevent a driver from falling asleep while driving. Think of all the rest area’s that could be built with the money they are spending on the government intrusion that is preventing drivers from taking advantage of waking hours needed to meet commitments.

  • Bob X

    You are so right about the governed trucks, I comment about that all the time. If it only goes 62 that is what they do all the time just like you said, construction zones parking lots, you name it. They must be so frustrated they never let up on the accelerator & are always holding it flat to the floor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1269137418 Mike Jones

    You see ADs for drivers….will accept 3 months experience, consider felonies, DUI, Suspended,…..this is a recipe for disaster…since they are becoming MORE desperate for “qualified”(per Dot specs)…they figure the brand new guy fills the bill perfectly….he has NO HISTORY…..well Great! No tickets here! Looking good. No experience OK! Hence the Death toll is now up 20% for 2011 AND injuries for truckers up 15%….doing a fine job! Interesting to note they hire Ex Cons(felons encouraged to apply)…DUI= OK!…..got a nasty suspended license?? Not a Prolem here!!! It would seem these horrible statistics of death and mahem will get WORSE….experienced journeymen are leaving in droves….(if ya like living). Their replacements are Ex cons and assorted Maniacs with no experience???? What a pathetic JOKE the industry has become.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1269137418 Mike Jones

    Unqualified Monkeys….aint THAT..the Truth. If they have No History..as in Never Drove Nowhere..they are Top Notch Dot Approved! Xlnt Safety Record!

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  • TOM

    TAKE A LOOK AT THE FLIP FLOP WEARING PAJAMA TOTING NO SLEEVE TANK TOPPED DRIVERS,AND YOU HAVE A QUESTION AS TO WHY FATALATIES ARE UP? I HAVE BEEN DRIVING FOR THIRTY YEARS AND I HAVE NEVER SEEN AS MANY NO COMMON SENSED PEOPLE WORKING IN ANY ONE INDUSTRY. PUT THAT TOGETHER WITH A 2WEEK SCHOOL THAT TEACHES THEM NOTHING, I AM SURPRISED IT ISN,T WORSE. WALKING ONTO A FREIGHT DOCK IN PAJAMAS AND FLIP FLOPS REAL SMART, AND HOW DO YOU DO A PROPER VEHICLE INSPECTION DRESSED LIKE THAT? IT USED TO BE YOU WOULD BE STOPPED BEFORE LEAVING THE TRUCK STEPS, BUT NOW NO ONE WANTS TO INSULT ANYONE, IT MIGHT BE A RACIST THING. IF YOU CAN’T FOLLOW THE LITTLE RULES YOU SURE ARN’T GOING TO FOLLOW THE BIG ONES. TRY ASKING ONE OF THE PAJAMA WEARERS FOR SOME HELP, MOST WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR SAYING. OH I HOPE NO ONE CALLS ME RACIST. THE TRUTH HURTS AND THE HARD WORKING ENGLISH SPEAKING AMERICAN IS A THING OF THE PAST. GO TO ANY WAREHOUSE AND TRY TO FIND SOMEONE THERE THAT SPEAKS ENGLISH, YOU WILL BE SURPRISED, THERE ARN,T MANY.

    AND THEN THE HOS RULES REAL SMART. YOU HAVE 14 HOURS TO COMPLETE YOUR 11 DRIVING SO NO NAPS IF YOU GET TIRED YOU’LL NEED THAT 3 HOURS FOR TRUCKING WORK LIKE LOADING AND UNLOADING.

    TOTALLY BEYOND ME WHY THE SAFETY IS DOWN, SOMEONE TELL ME WHY WOULD YOU MAKE IT ILLEGAL FOR A DRIVER TO TAKE A BREAK WHEN HE IS TIRED? NO COMMON SENSE. MORE RULES MORE ACCIDENTS MORE DEATHS.

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