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Large Trucks and Buses by the Numbers

National Data

  • Nearly 12.5 million commercial large trucks and buses were registered in 2015, logging about 296 billion vehicle miles across the U.S.
  • Of the 34,439 fatal crashes on the nation’s roadways, 4,079 (11.8 percent) involved at least one large truck or bus.
  • Of the approximately 475,000 police-reported crashes involving large trucks in 2016, there were 3,864 (0.8 percent) fatal crashes and 104,000 (22 percent) injury crashes.
  • In 2016, 4,440 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, a two percent increase from 2015.
  • 8 out of 10 people killed in crashes involving large trucks are occupants of the other vehicles.
  • 27% of fatal work zone crashes involved at least one large truck, a rate that is significantly higher than the 11% of all fatal crashes that involve at least one truck.

State Data

The following resources show state-level data on commercial motor vehicles:

Data Resources

Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts

Pocket Guide for Large Truck and Bus Statistics

Large Truck Crash Causation Study

NHTSA Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)

Updated: Monday, November 5, 2018
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