Numbers from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate a trend that puzzles safety officials: traffic deaths have lowered considerably, but fatalities for large truck accidents have increased.
“There are more questions than answers about what is occurring here,” said Jonathon Adkins, deputy executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association. The death rate for occupants of large trucks increased by 20 percent in 2011 from 2010, yet traffic deaths fell to their lowest rate since 1949. NHTSA is working with the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, the federal agency that regulates the trucking industry, to find reasons behind the increase of fatal truck accidents.
The economy may have something to do with it, according to Adkins. He said that an improving economy means more trucks on the road shipping goods. Speed might also be a factor, according to American Trucking Association’s spokesperson Sean McNally. McNally said that some states have increased their speed limits on major trucking routes. For example, vehicles can legally drive 85 mph on Highway 130 in Texas, for example.
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