While the number of fatalities for truck drivers is high, the fatality rate hardly compares to that of workers in the logging industry. However, at 24.3, the rate is more than 7 times the national average.
Fatal injuries by sector
The number of private transportation and warehousing fatalities was essentially unchanged from 2014.
Fatal injuries among construction and extraction occupations rose by 2 percent to 924 cases in 2015—the highest level since 2008.
Fatal injuries by occupation group
Transportation and material moving occupations recorded fewer fatal injuries in 2015 than in 2014, but still accounted for over one-fourth of all fatal work injuries in 2015.
Fatalities by occupation
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers incurred 745 fatal work injuries in 2015, the most of any occupation. (Click on the icon to enlarge.)