According to the American Trucking Association, the number of fatal crashes involving trucks has fallen for the second straight year.
Data from the NHTSA showed that there were 3,903 fatal traffic accidents involving trucks in 2014, down from 3,964 in 2013 in spite of the fact that the number of miles driven by commercial vehicles increased in that time period. The rate of crashes involving trucks has fallen by 4.76% in the past two years and 40.6% over the past 10 years. The ATA does stress this data does not mean that truck drivers were responsible for all of these crashes, only that they were involved in the crashes in some way. The ATA also cites several studies that show that commercial vehicles are responsible for causing less than a third of all fatal crashes.
ATA President Bill Graves credits the billions of dollars that the trucking industry has spent on driver training and technology for the decline in fatal truck crashes.