ATA says truck-involved crashes decreased in 2013

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — New federal data in the US showed a drop in large truck-involved crashes in 2013.

The American Trucking Associations reported the truck-involved crash fatality rate was 1.44 per 100 million miles travelled, a 1.6% decline from 2012 stats. The fatality rate has fallen 39.2% over the past decade, ATA reports.

“The trucking industry’s efforts to improve safety on our highways are showing results,” said ATA president and CEO Bill Graves. “While there is still much work to do, we should feel good that because of the efforts of ATA and others in the industry, our highways are safer, even as our trucks deliver more goods all across our nation.”

“Safety isn’t just job one for trucking, its jobs one, two, and three,” added ATA Chairman Duane Long, chairman of Longistics, Raleigh, N.C. “The commitment that carriers like mine have made to ensure that not just our drivers, but everyone on the road arrives safely, is producing results.”

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