California Fatal Bus Accident Statistics
California reported 271 fatal crashes which involved large trucks and buses for 2015. Of those crashes, there were 296 fatalities, which is down slightly from the year before with 301. There was a total of 291 large vehicles involved in the crashes, which was an increase from 2014 with 282. This information comes from a report by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
A bus is defined as any vehicle that carries more than nine passengers, including the driver and may be a school bus, intercity bus, van-bus or other vehicle. Of the accidents for 2015, 57 involved a single vehicle while 214 involved multiple vehicles. Nationally, the average is two vehicles when these types of big vehicles are involved.
California has a rate per million people of 6.92 large truck/bus fatalities for 2015. This number is significantly lower than the national average of 11.19. However, it is up slightly from 2010, which was 5.88. Both the population and number of fatal crashes have increased from the earlier year.
Nationwide statistics show that most fatal crashes involving buses and big rigs happen during daytime hours on weekdays. Weather is most often clear with dry pavement and in non-work zones. Studies also show that while the number of buses on the road have almost doubled since 1975 with over 870,000 registered, the number of fatalities per 100 million miles driven have dropped significantly from 5.75 to 1.77.
The majority of large vehicle fatal accidents in California happen in the southern portion of the state. Los Angeles County has the highest number at 43 for 2015, which was a drop from 59 in 2014. Kern County reported 27, which was an increase from 21 in 2014. San Bernardino County had a total of 35 fatalities involving large trucks/buses for 2015, which was up slightly from 34 in 2014.