Over the last several years, safety has been one of the hottest topics within the trucking industry. One of the organizations leading the charge for trucker safety is the American Trucking Associations (ATA). According to Trucking News Online, the ATA has released a study that shows a 1.6-percent drop in the fatality rate from 2012 to 2013. Over the past decade, the fatality rate has plunged 39.2 percent. The injury rate also saw a significant drop of 34.2 percent.
The ATA says that these numbers are proof that industry efforts to improve safety are working. ATA First Vice Chairman Pat Thomas says the ATA plans to “continue to press regulators to implement the most effective highway safety countermeasures.” The ATA’s continued efforts to raise the bar on safety seem to be paying off, which is encouraging news for truckers and their families.