Massachusetts Fatal Truck Accident Statistics
Massachusetts reported a total of 306 traffic fatalities for 2015, according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This number is down from previous years and shows a steady decline from 2006 when there were 429. Since then, the total number of traffic deaths have shown a decline with a few fluctuations.
Overall, Massachusetts has a significantly lower rate of deaths per 100,000 population than the US average. The national average is 10.92 per 100,000 while Massachusetts has a ratio of 4.50. It is one of the top states for low traffic fatality rates.
Truck fatalities have also declined over the same period. Utility trucks are involved in the most traffic fatalities, reporting 26 deaths for 2015, which is down from 36 in 2011. The number has continued to decline since the high-point in 2013, which reported 37.
Deaths involving pickup trucks have also declined from 25 in 2011 to 14 in 2015. This category has shown a steady decline from 2012, which reported 27 deaths. The number of deaths involving vans has held fairly steady with 11 in both 2011 and 2015. The high point was 13 in both 2013 and 2014. Large truck-related deaths have similar results with three in 2011, 2014 and 2015. The high point was in 2013 when there were four fatalities.
Worcester and Middlesex counties reported the highest number of large truck fatalities with seven for each one. These two counties also reported the highest number of light truck-related deaths along with Hampden, Bristol, and Plymouth. Worcester County had a total of nine, which is up from the previous year but down from prior years. Hampden County had eight, which was double the previous two years. Bristol also reported nine while Plymouth recorded seven fatalities. Only Nantucket and Hampshire reported zero light truck fatalities.