Delaware Fatal Bus Accident Statistics
Delaware reported 12 fatalities from large trucks and buses in 2015. This number was exactly the same as the year prior and up slightly from previous years. Four of these crashes involved just the one vehicle. Eight involved multiple vehicles. This information is according to a report by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Statistics show that nationwide the majority of accidents in which bus or big rig was involved included two vehicles. They most often happen during the weekdays in the daytime and on rural roads. Most accidents do not occur in work zones, and a slight majority of accidents occur when the large vehicle is traveling at 50-55 mph. Most accidents also occur on dry pavement in clear weather.
Delaware as a rate of 12.69 fatalities per million people, which is slightly above the national average of 11.19. This number is also up from 2010 when it was reported to be 10.02. However, the number of bus crashes nationwide have decreased over the long term. In 1975, the number of buses registered was 462,156 with a rate of 5.75 per million miles driver. In 2014, there were 872,027 buses registered with a rate of 1.77.
Of the three counties in Delaware, New Castle reported the most accident fatalities with eight. This number is up significantly from the previous year, which had only two. Kent County dropped from four in 2014 to two in 2015, which is close to earlier years. Sussex County also reported two deaths for 2015, which is a large decline from the six reported in 2014. That number had doubled from the three reported in 2013. This county had quite a variance from one year to the next.