The annual edition of Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts, has been released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for 2014. Except for selected crash statistics on passenger vehicles presented for comparison purposes, the report is exclusively descriptive of statistics about fatal crashes, crashes resulting in injuries, and property damage-only crashes, involving large trucks and buses in 2014.
The extensive data sources for the report come from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), recognized as the most reliable national crash database containing information on fatal crashes; the General Estimates System (GES), a probability-based nationally representative sample of policy-reported fatal, injury and property damage only crashes; and the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS), which contains data on trucks and buses in crashes involving vehicles that are used for commercial purposes.
The report is organized into four chapters: Trends, Crashes, Vehicles and People, all with extensive statistics, some dating back as far as 1975 and up to 2014. The information shows the context of historical data through the years and also the historical perspective of how and why things changed – or didn’t change.