Alabama Fatal Bus Accident Statistics
Alabama reported a total of 101 fatalities from 94 crashes involving a big rigs and buses for 2015. This information comes from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This is a significant increase from 2014, which reported 84 fatalities in 74 accidents. However, it is down from 2012 and 2013.
Of the 94 crashes, 19 involved a single vehicle, the large truck or bus. This is up from 2014, which reported 15 single-vehicle accidents. A total of 75 crashes involved multiple vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the majority of crashes involve a collision with a vehicle in transport while a small percentage involves a collision with a fixed object or with a pedestrian.
The majority of accidents involving a large truck or bus happened when the vehicle was traveling between 50 and 55 mph. In addition, most crashes happen during daytime hours and during week days. Weather does not seem to play a key role in these types of crashes since most occur in clear weather and on dry pavement. Furthermore, the majority of these accidents do not occur at an intersection but on roadways. Almost none of them occur in work zones with 96.1 percent nationally occurring in non-work zones.
Alabama shows 19.35 fatal crashes per million people. This number is down from 2010 when there were 21.34 fatal accidents per million. However, this is significantly over the US average of 11.19. The majority of crashes involve two vehicles.
Jefferson County in Alabama reported 11 large truck and bus fatalities for 2015, which was an increase from the prior year. Montgomery County had eight for the year, which was a significant increase from the two reported in 2014. Tuscaloosa County came in third with six for the year, which was double the previous year.