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Alabama Ranks Third in Truck Fatalities

Oct 21, 2005 |

Alabamians are among the most likely to die in a truck wreck, according to figures from the US Department of Transportation.

Only Wyoming and Arkansas have more truck crash deaths per capita than Alabama.

The state recorded 163 deaths from large truck crashes in 2004. The announcement was made by a coalition of road-safety advocates, seeking to derail a possible Congressional effort to loosen enforcement of a recent truck-safety rule.

Nationwide, almost 5,200 people died in large-truck crashes in 2004, about 12% of vehicular deaths that year.

In most truck-related accidents, car drivers are at fault, but some research shows that truckers lose much of that edge after long hours on the road.

Truck drivers are typically paid by the mile and often work up to 77 hours of driving a week, under current law. But trucking company representatives note that crashes where tired truckers are at fault account for a small portion of accidents.

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