Kentucky Fatal Truck Accident Statistics
Kentucky has shown a decline in traffic fatalities over the years with a significant drop from 913 in 2006 to 761 in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The number has risen slightly over the past few years from 672 in 2014 and 638 in 2013. The state has a much higher rate of fatalities per 100,000 population over the national average with 17.20 as compared to 10.92 for the US average.
Truck fatalities show a mixture of positive and negative information over the years. For instance, pickup truck-related deaths have dropped significantly from 136 in 2011 to 120 in 2015. The number has declined since the high-point in 2012, which had 147. However, it has been increasing since 2013, which was the low point with 92 deaths.
The number of deaths which involved a utility truck have gone up from 79 in 2011 to 99 in 2015. The trend is increasing each year. On the other hand, fatalities which involved a van have varied from year to year. In 2011, there were 22 reported compared to the 25 reported for 2015. This number is down from 2012, which had 33 deaths.
Large truck-related fatalities have dropped in half from 2011, which had 18 to the nine reported in 2015. Similarly, deaths involving a bus are at zero for 2015, which is a drop from three in 2012.
Hardin County had the most large truck-involved accident deaths with seven. In second place was Fayette County with five. Jefferson County held the top spot for most fatalities involving a light truck with 14, which was a slight decline over the previous year. In second place was Fayette County with ten, which doubled from the five of the prior year. Most counties had three or fewer reported deaths where a light truck was involved.