The number of deaths related to transportation was reduced by almost 10 percent in 2008 compared to 2007, with fatalities from crashes involving medium and heavy trucks falling nearly 16 percent.
This is the third year in a row that transportation deaths have decreased.
That was among the preliminary figures released recently by the National Transportation Safety Board.
The Board reported that overall, transportation fatalities in the U.S. were 39,397 in 2008, down from 43,384 in 2007.
Highway deaths, which account for more than 94 percent of all transportation deaths, decreased from 41,259 in 2007 to 37,261 in 2008. The number of medium and heavy truck fatalities fell from 805 to 677 in 2008.
Some of these improved...