Indiana Fatal Truck Accident Statistics
Indiana reported a total of 821 traffic fatalities in 2015, which is a decrease from 2006 with 902. At the same time, it is an increase over the previous seven years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Indiana maintains a slightly higher rate of fatalities per 100,000 population than the US average. Indiana’s rate is 12.40 as compared to 10.92 for the national average.
The number of fatalities involving trucks shows mixed results with some categories on the decline and others rising. For instance, the number of deaths where a van is involved has declined from 2011, which had 57 to the 41 reported in 2015. Deaths involving large trucks have also dropped from 25 in 2011 to 16 in 2015.
On the other hand, pickup truck-related fatalities have gone up from 77 in 2011 to 91 in 2015. This number shows a steady increase over the years with a decrease from the 101 in 2014. Utility truck-related deaths have been similar. In 2011, there were 74 reported, and this increased steadily over the years to the 115 reported in 2015.
Allen and Elkhart counties tie for first place with each suffering eight fatalities involving truck accidents. This number represents a significant increase for Allen County, which had only two in 2014. It’s also an increase for Elkhart County, which reported just three the year before. Tippecanoe County reported seven deaths for the year.
Allen County also reported 10 deaths for 2015 involving a light truck, while Elkhart had just six. Marion County had the most with 25 for the year, which was a significant increase over previous years. In second place was Lake County with 10, also up from prior years. Gibson County was in third place with nine, also an increase from 2014 and prior years. Other counties dropped from reported light truck-related fatalities in 2014 to zero reported in 2015.