Another government agency is pointing out the dangers of commercial vehicle drivers not buckling up.
This time it’s from a rather unexpected source — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, better known to most as the CDC.
The CDC in a report issued this week notes that:
• There were an estimated 317,000 motor vehicle crashes involving a large truck reported to the police in the U.S. in 2012.
• 26,000 truck drivers or their passengers were injured in crashes that year.
• About 700 truck drivers or their passengers died in crashes in 2012. Buckling up could have saved up to 40 percent of the unbelted truck drivers.
• More than 1 in 3 truck drivers who died in crashes in 2012 were not wearing seat belts.
• For each large-truck driver who died, 35 were injured.
• About 41 percent of truck drivers who lost work days from a crash in 2012 missed 31 days or more.
• For each driver or passenger in a large truck who died, about six other people (in other vehicles, pedestrians or cyclists) died as a result of large-truck crashes in 2012.
• Fatal crashes of large trucks and buses cost the U.S. economy about $40 billion in 2012, and
• The total cost — $99 billion — is much higher when crashes with injuries or property damage are also included.
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