Michigan Fatal Truck Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Michigan reported 963 traffic fatalities for 2015. This number is down from the years 2006 and 2007, which were both over 1000. However, the number is an increase from 2010 thru 2014. Michigan’s rate per 100,000 population is below the national average, which is good news. The US average is 10.92 while Michigan had a rate of 9.71 for 2015.
Truck fatalities show a mixture of positive and negative results. For example, Bus-related fatalities are down from 2011. There were none reported in 2015, which is a decline from four reported in 2011. Also, fatalities involving a van were down from 42 in 2011 to 30 in 2015. The high point came in 2013 when there were 50 deaths.
The number of deaths involving a large truck has risen from seven in 2011 to 11 in 2015. At the same time, utility trucks have overtaken pickup trucks for the most deaths involving a truck with 118 in 2015. This number is up from 89 in 2011. The numbers have been increasing with a slight decline from 2014 which had 119.
Pickup trucks were involved in 91 deaths in 2011 and 95 in 2015, showing a slight increase. For the most part, they have held steady over the period with only minor fluctuations.
Wayne County had the majority of large truck-related deaths in 2015 with 19. Following at a distant second was Oakland County with just six.
Wayne County is also the leader for fatalities involving a light truck with 34 for 2015. The number is an increase from previous years. In second place, Oakland County has 18, which is a rather significant increase from 12 the previous year. Third place goes to Kent County with 15, which is also an increase over previous years.