33 Percent of 2007 Indiana Traffic Fatalities were Light Truck Occupants

June 02, 2008

In 2006, light trucks (pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles, and vans) comprised approximately one-third of registered vehicles and 40 percent of vehicles involved in fatal collisions in the United States. In 2007 in Indiana, 115,214 light truck drivers were involved in collisions, of which 465 were in fatal collisions. Light truck involvement in fatal collisions in Indiana increased over nine percent from 2006 to 2007. Of the 896 traffic fatalities that occurred in Indiana in 2007, 295 (33 percent) were light truck occupants. A recent report, Indiana Traffic Safety Facts: Light Trucks 2007, published by the Indiana University Center Criminal Justice Research analyzes light truck involvement in Indiana collisions, including trends in injuries and collision circumstances, location, restraint use (including possible effects of the revised Indiana seat belt law), alcohol involvement, and county comparisons.