Trucking Industry At a Glance

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Each year the American Trucking Association releases American Trucking Trends.  The 2012 edition shows that trucking is the driving force behind the improving economy.  Safe, reliable and efficient motor carriers enable businesses throughout the entire supply chain to keep inventories lean, thereby saving the economy billions of dollars each year.

Operating Stats

  • Trucking employs 6.8 million people, including more than 3 million drivers.  Of those drivers, 4.6% are women and 32.6% are minorities

  • Trucking is the quintessential small business industry, with 90% of motor carriers operating six or fewer trucks and 97.2% operating fewer than 20

  • In 2011, trucking moved $603.9 billion in freight – more than 80% of all freight transportation revenue.  That freight weighed 9.2 billion tons – 67% of all freight by weight

  • Class 6-8 trucks traveled 131.2 billion miles in 2010, and all trucks regardless of size traveled 397.8 billion miles

  • In 2011, trucks consumed 87.2 billion gallons of diesel fuel

Safety Stats – AAA Foundation study


  • The large truck fatal crash rate dropped 22% from 1993 to 2003

  • Of all fatal crashes involving large trucks, only 1.3% of the time is fatigue on the part of the truck driver determined to be a factor in the accident.

  • Of the fatal accidents in which drowsiness, sleepiness, or fatigue is cited as a factor, the passenger vehicle driver is cited 94% of the time.

Overall, trucking is getting bigger, stronger, and safer.  ATA Trends indicates that trucking continues to lead the nation’s economy back to a  higher gear.