Here Are The Numbers
The number of people killed in crashes involving large trucks increased 1.9% in 2011 compared with 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. NHTSA's definition of large trucks includes anything weighing more than 10,000 pounds.
The number of fatalities in truck-involved crashes rose by 71 - from 3,686 in 2010 to 3,757 in 2011. NHTSA said, however, that the 1.9% increase "disguises" much larger increases in other categories related to truck-involved crashes. For instance, 20% more occupants of large trucks died in crashes in 2011 than in 2010 - 635 versus 530. Likewise, between 2010 and 2011, the number of fatalities that occurred when the truck was the only vehicle involved in a crash rose 19% - from 339 to 403. And the number of fatalities when there were two or more vehicles involved in a truck crash rose 21% - from 191 to 232.
The crash rate for trucks, which is not expected to be released by DOT until next year, cannot be calculated until the Federal Highway Administration totals the number of miles trucks ran last year.