Figure 3. Fatalities in Crashes Involving Large Trucks and Passenger Vehicles
per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled, 1975-2009
Notes: A large truck is defined as a truck with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 10,000 pounds.
A passenger vehicle is defined as a car or light truck (including pickups, vans, and sport utility vehicles).
The Federal Highway Administration implemented an enhanced methodology for estimating registered vehicles
and vehicle miles traveled by vehicle type for the years 2007-2009. As a result, involvement rates may differ,
and in some cases significantly, from previously published rates.
Sources: Vehicle Miles of Travel: Federal Highway
Administration. Fatal Crashes, Vehicles Involved, and
Fatalities: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).