CMV Fatalities up 54% Since 2011 According to FMCSA Report

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FMCSA Disperses Funds to States to Increase Inspections

In response to the doubling of commercial motor vehicle fatalities since 2011, the Biden administration has elected to disperse an additional $463,000,000 in grants to states aimed at reducing the number of commercial vehicles involved in accidents.

“We are using resources available through the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to award more funding than ever before – a 52 percent increase from last year — to help prevent truck and bus crashes in every State and territory,” said the U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “These grants will help improve the safety of our trucks and buses and save lives on our nation’s roadways.”  

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) includes a 52 percent increase over last year to the MCSAP formula grants. MCSAP funds are an important tool to address the rising number of roadway fatalities and carry out the Department’s NRSS.

All 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will receive federal funds.”

Leading Causes of Trucking Accidents

In the “Large-truck Crash Causation Study”, ‘causation’ is defined in terms of the factors that are most likely to increase the risk that large trucks will be involved in serious crashes.

Vehicle Brake Problems:

Traveling too fast for conditions:

Unfamiliar with Roadway:

Environment Roadway Problems:

Over the Counter Drug Use:


Made illegal maneuver:


External Distraction:

Tire Problems:

Following too close:

Cargo shift:


Internal Distraction:

Illegal Drugs:


The DOT’s first ever National Roadway Safety Strategy will bring together work being done across USDOT and will put forth a comprehensive set of actions to significantly reduce serious injuries and deaths on our nation’s roadways. The strategy will recognize that, while the Department has an important leadership role to play in addressing this crisis, it will take concerted and coordinated effort across all levels of government, the private sector, and communities to reverse the current trend.