Minnesota Fatal Truck Accident Statistics
There were 411 traffic fatalities in Minnesota in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This number is down significantly from 2006 with 494 and even more so from 2007, which had 510. The state is also below the national average per 100,000 population with 7.49 as opposed to 10.92.
Even though the total number of traffic fatalities is down, truck-related fatalities have seen an increase in certain categories. Leading the numbers are pickup trucks with 66 deaths in 2015, which is up from 40 in 2011. Another slight increase is with utility trucks with 40 deaths in 2015. In 2011, there were 37 deaths.
Van-related deaths have gone in the opposite direction with 23 in 2011 and 14 in 2015. This comes after several years of increasing numbers. Large trucks have been involved in five deaths in 2015 and 4 in 2011. The highest point came in 2013 when there were 10 deaths.
Isanti County was the leader for large truck-fatalities with five, which was an increase from one in both 2013 and 2014. On the other hand, Hennepin County saw its numbers drop from a high of seven in 2012 to three in 2015. Most other counties had two or fewer fatalities in this category.
Hennepin County had the most light truck fatalities in 2015 with seven, which was an increase from the previous year of three. Second was St. Louis County with six, which was an increase from 2014 with two. Going in the opposite direction were counties like Kandiyohi County, which went from nine to three in the past two years and Carver County which dropped from seven to zero for 2015. Other counties kept their numbers at two or fewer for light truck fatalities with a few counties reporting zero.