Trucking Facts

Did you know?
Trucking is the backbone of the American economy
There is a saying that “if you bought it, a truck brought it!”

In 2006:

  • 69% of all freight traveled on a truck at some point! (1)
  • Trucks transported 10.7 billion tons of freight (1)
  • Trucking was a $645 billion industry (1)

Truck drivers have an impressive safety record:

  • Truck drivers have half the crash rate per vehicle mile compared to passenger car drivers! (2,3)
  • Truck drivers are coded with lower rates of misbehaviors than passenger car drivers (2,3)

Truck driver health is a national priority:

Truck driving is a demanding profession with long work hours and many other health and safety challenges.  Knowledge is power, and drivers need access to the best information possible to defend and protect themselves on the road.  Truck drivers experience:

  • 10% of all workplace fatalities in the US (4)
  • 8% of all workplace musculoskeletal injuries (5)
  • Almost 20% higher risk of obesity compared to the average American (6-8)


  1. American Trucking Associations.  Professional truck drivers and the trucking industry.  Retrieved Feb 2008, from
  2. Knipling, R.  2007a.  Workshop introduction: The human factors of commercial driving.  Annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington DC.
  3. Knipling, R.  2007b.  The applications of naturalistic driving data: What does it tell us about commercial driving safety?  Annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington DC.
  4. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2005b, Number and median days of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses with days away from work involving musculoskeletal disorders by selected occupations in 2005.  Retrieved May 2007 from
  5. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2005a, National census of fatal occupational injuries in 2005.  Retrieved May 2007 from
  6. Centers for Disease Control. 2006. Prevalence of overweight, obesity and extreme obesity among adults: United States, trends 1960-62 through 2005-2006. Retrieved January 23, 2010 from
  7. Kashima, S.R. 2003. A petroleum company’s experience in implementing a comprehensive medical fitness for duty program for professional truck drivers. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 45:185-196.
  8. Korelitz, J.J., Fernandez, A.A., Uyeda, V.J., Spivey, G.H., Browdy, B.L., & Schmidt, R.T. 1993. Health habits and risk factors among truck drivers visiting a health booth during a trucker trade show. American Journal of Health Promotion, 8:117-123.