U.S. fatalities in truck crashes up slightly in 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Fatal crashes involving large trucks were up slightly from 2012 to 2013, according to numbers crunched by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Although fewer truck occupants were killed in crashes (691 in 2013, compared to 697 in 2012), and fewer occupants of other vehicles too, there was a spike in the deaths of non-occupants, leading to an overall 0.5% increase in the number of people killed in crashes involving large trucks. According to the NHTSA report, which you can read here http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812101.pdf , the number of non-occupants killed during a large-truck crash increased by 13 percent (49 people) from 2012 to 2013.