Arkansas Fatal Bus Accident Statistics
Arkansas reported 70 fatalities involving large trucks and buses in 2015. This total comes from a report by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The number represents a slight decrease from 2014, which reported 78. It is a declining trend for the state, which is good news, and a significant improvement from the 115 reported in 2005.
These fatalities came from a total of 58 fatal crashes, a decrease of 10 from 2014. A total of 65 buses and rigs were involved in these crashes, of which 15 were single-vehicle accidents. Arkansas reported 43 multiple-vehicle accidents involving large vehicles, which is down from the 57 reported in 2014.
Arkansas reported a rate of 19.47 fatal crashes per one million people, which is significantly higher than the 11.19 reported as the national average. However, the rate is a major improvement over 2010, which had a rate of 25.38.
The majority of accidents involving buses and large trucks occur during daytime hours in non-construction zones. They mainly happen on dry pavement during weekdays on rural roads. Buses may be defined as intercity transport buses, school buses, van-buses or any vehicle carrying more than nine passengers, including the driver. While the number of buses has increased, the number of fatal accidents has decreased significantly. The rate of fatalities in bus crashes per 100 million miles driven was 5.75 in 1975 with over 460,000 buses registered. That number has now dropped to 1.77 in 2014 with more than 870,000 buses registered.
Crittenden County in Arkansas reported the highest number of large truck/bus fatalities with seven. This number was up from the previous year’s total of five, but down from 2013, which had eight. Other counties such as Crawford reported only one, which was not an increase over the prior year.