Crash data involving new truck, bus drivers getting worse

Deaths resulting from large-truck crashes where newly licensed drivers are involved continues to rise, according to recent government data, but a proposed safety requirement that could help reduce those deaths will likely be delayed again.

The percentage of fatal large truck and bus crashes involving new-entrant carriers has climbed from 4.6% to 7.4% from 2017 to 2022, according to a snapshot of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data taken at the end of 2023.

In 2022, those crashes resulted in 494 deaths and over $5.5 billion in costs…

FMCSA’s safety research…data showed that motor carriers operating within 24 months of graduating from the new entrant program had two times more total crashes and nearly two times more fatal crashes per 100 power units than established carriers.

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