According to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 317,000 motor vehicle crashes involving large trucks occurred in 2012. Estimated cost of truck and bus crashes on the economy for that same year: $99 billion.
Even more concerning, approximately 700 drivers of large trucks or their passengers died in those crashes. Another 26,000 were injured. The CDC says that one in three of the drivers who died in 2012 were not wearing a seat belt and that the simple act of buckling up could have prevented up to 40 percent of those deaths.
In its 2014 Injury Report, The National Safety Council also takes a look at motor vehicle crashes. Not surprising, while it is not rated in the top 100 likely causes of death, crashes do score fairly high. A brief preview of their more recent research reveals some interesting finds: individuals have a 1 in 7 chance of dying from heart disease, a 1 in 112 percent chance of dying in a motor vehicle crash, and a 1 in 152 chance of dying from a fall.
The NSC also reports that, “Truckers who did not wear safety belts were more likely to participate in other unsafe driving activities, such as speeding and committing moving violations, and work for an employer without a written safety program.” The CDC encourages employers and government agencies at all levels to help reduce truck driving fatalities by having strong company safety programs and encouraging continuous seat belt use.
Because Millis Transfer wants you with us for the long haul, we put safe driving practices at the top of our priorities. For that reason, we are reminding each of you to “Buckle Up.” You never know, the life you save could be your own.
About Millis Transfer
Mills Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning the company dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.