Deaths from Truck Accidents Rise for 1st Time in 5 Years

Society

Tokyo, May 7 (Jiji Press)--The number of people who died in truck accidents in Japan totaled 298 in 2017, up 11 from the previous year for the first increase in five years, according to the transport ministry and the Institute for Traffic Accident Research and Data Analysis.

Casualties from truck accidents accounted for most of those from accidents involving vehicles for business purposes, such as taxis and buses.

The ministry has set a goal of reducing the figure to 200 by 2020. "The number of fatalities is dropping in the long run. We'll move forward with measures to achieve the goal," a ministry official said.

In 2017, accidents by trucks saw the greatest number of deaths per 100 million kilometers traveled among those by business vehicles at 0.46, compared with 0.4 for taxis and 0.35 for passenger buses. The figure for private passenger vehicles stood at 0.38.

The fatal truck accidents occurred most frequently when pedestrians crossed roads, totaling 68, followed by trucks hitting other vehicles, at 41, and collisions caused when trucks passed each other, at 40.

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