Alaska Fatal Bus Accident Statistics
Alaska reported just one fatality in crashes which involved large trucks and buses for 2015. This information comes from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This total is down from 2014, which had five, and 2013 which reported four.
The accident was a multiple-vehicle crash, which is similar to previous years when the majority of accidents involved more than one vehicle. The majority of these crashes happen during the day in clear weather on dry pavement. Most crashes involving large trucks or buses occur with one other vehicle and happen on roadways traveling between 50 and 55 mph. Most of them occur in non-construction zones and not in intersections.
Most crashes where large trucks and buses are involved occur on rural roads. A bus may be defined as a vehicle that can carry nine or more people, which includes the driver. This includes school buses, intercity buses, transit and van-based buses.
Alaska has one of the lowest number of fatal crashes per million people involving large trucks/buses at 1.35. This number is significantly lower than in 2010 when the rate was 7.04. It is also well below the national average of 11.19.
The vast majority of accidents involving large trucks and buses result in one fatality nationwide at 90.1 percent. Statistics show that while the number of buses on the road have increased since 1975, the number of accidents has gone down. The number of fatalities in a bus crash per 100 million miles driven has decreased nationally from 5.75 in 1975 to 1.77 while the number of buses has almost doubled from 462,156 t0 872,027. Also, nationally, the number of buses involved in crashes in 2014 were 69.7 with 139 injuries, which was down from just the previous year at 118.0 buses and 250.6 injuries.