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Jul 5, 2016

TRAFFIC FATALITIES * USA: 7,7% increase in 2015

* DC - NHTSA projects 7.7% increase in 2015 fatalities; large truck fatalities forecast to be up 4%

--- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday that a statistical projection of traffic fatalities shows that an estimated 35,200 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015, representing an increase of about 7.7 percent as compared to the 32,675 fatalities that were reported to have occurred in 2014... If these projections are realized, fatalities will be at the highest level since 2008, when 37,423 fatalities were reported... Although it did not give sub-category predictions in raw numbers, NHTSA said it is projecting that fatalities involving large trucks will show an increase of 4 percent in 2015... According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were 3,903 fatalities in crashes involving large trucks in 2014, which was a 1.8 percent decline from 2013... For reporting purposes, federal agencies define large trucks as any truck with a GVWR of 10,000 pounds or more... 
 (Photo from Trucker - According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were 3,903 fatalities in crashes involving large trucks in 2014, which was a 1.8 percent decline from 2013)   --  Washington, DC, USA - The Trucker News Services - 1st July 2016

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