Kansas Fatal Truck Accident Statistics
In 2015, there were 355 fatal traffic accidents in Kansas, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The state is above the national average per 100,000 population with 12.19. The US average is 10.92.
The good news is that the average for Kansas is decreasing. In addition, fatalities from truck accidents have also dropped since 2011. For instance, pickup truck-related fatalities went down from 69 in 2011 to 58 in 2015 after seeing a continual increase the years before. In fact, there were 86 deaths in 2014.
A similar situation is seen with utility truck accidents. In 2011, there were 54 deaths, and the number continued to increase with 63 in 2013 before beginning to decrease in 2014. In 2015, there were 48 fatalities related to utility trucks.
Van-related deaths have held steady around 14 to 16 over the same period of time. The one area that has seen a disturbing increase is with large trucks, which went from 7 in 2011 to 22 the following year. The number has varied each year with 16 in 2015.
There was no single county in Kansas that held a dramatic number of fatalities involving a large truck. Pratt County came in first with four, and several other counties had three apiece. Sedgwick County had previously listed 10 deaths in 2013 and 6 in 2014 before dropping to just two in 2015.
Similar results can be seen by county for light trucks. While Sedgwick County has the highest number at 10, Butler County comes in second with 5. Other counties have three or four apiece to make up the total for this category. While Sedgwick County was still way ahead of other counties, it has seen a decrease from the two previous years of 19 in 2013 and 15 in 2014.