Mississippi Fatal Truck Accident Statistics
Mississippi has shown a major decline in traffic fatalities from 2006 to 2015, though the numbers have increased somewhat in the last few years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2015, there were 677 deaths reported as compared to the 911 in 2006. However, this was an increase from 607 in 2014. The alarming statistic is the rate of deaths per 100,000 population. This number is more than double the US average. Mississippi’s rate is 22.62 compared to the national average of 10.92.
Truck accident fatalities have shown a mixture of positive and negative news with increases in certain categories and declines in others. For instance, bus-related deaths have gone down from three in 2011 to zero in 2013, 2014, and 2015. On the other hand, fatalities involving large trucks have doubled from nine in 2011 to 18 in 2015.
Deaths involving a van have decreased slightly from 20 in 2011 to 14 in 2015. During the same time period, fatalities involving a utility truck have remained mostly steady when comparing the 113 in 2011 to the 112 in 2015. However, during the time period, the numbers were significantly lower with 87 in 2012, 94 in 2013 and 82 in 2014.
Deaths with a pickup truck involved accounts for the largest number of truck fatalities. In 2011, 147 were reported while there were 161 in 2015. In the years between, the numbers were significantly lower with the low point coming in 2014 with 113.
Desoto County had the highest number of large truck-related fatalities with five. It also claimed the top spot along with Hinds County for light truck deaths with 14. Both counties saw a significant increase from the prior year. Forrest County saw one of the biggest improvements during the time period, dropping from 16 deaths in 2011 to five in 2015.