Missouri Crash Statistics
Missouri has realized a significant decline in traffic deaths, as well as reduced rates of drunk drivers and speeders, and an increase in lives saved with seatbelts and helmet use. Yet, pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities remain troublesome and far too high, especially when you consider the great number of Missourians who walk, hike, and jog the miles of trails, rails, and roadways that cross the state.
According to data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 766 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2014, a significant decrease from the 1,257 traffic fatalities in 2005. The number of young drivers involved in these fatal accidents has also dropped. In fact, of the 1040 drivers who were involved in fatal accidents in 2014, only 97 were under the age of 21, a significant decrease from the 239 young drivers who were involved fatal accidents in 2005.
A closer look at specifics of these crashes shows –
- 556 fatalities were occupants of passenger vehicles
- 312 were not wearing their seatbelt
- 298 were in passenger cars
- 124 were in pickup trucks
- 102 were in light utility trucks
- 32 were in vans
- 19 were in large trucks
These fatal accidents involved the following crash types –
- Single vehicle crash fatalities – 437
- Fatalities involving at least one large truck – 100
- Speed-related fatalities – 267
- Rollover fatalities – 259
- Vehicle departing the roadway – 465
- Intersection-related fatalities – 132
Single-vehicle crashes and roadway departures are the most common fatal accident types which may be indicative of road hazards, distracted driving, speeding, drunk-driving, and even mechanical failures.
Data show that alcohol-impaired drivers were involved in the deaths of 204 people, and drivers who chose to go over the posted speed limit or too fast for the road conditions were involved in the deaths of 267 people. These negative driving behaviors have dropped by nearly half over the ten years prior to 2014 but must drop much further to bring an end to the preventable deaths of innocent people.
Pedestrian deaths remain stubbornly high, with 88 pedestrian fatalities in 2005 falling slightly to 65 in 2014. While the number of cyclists who die in traffic accidents is comparatively lower than some other states, there also has not been a consistent decrease over the ten-year period. In fact, yearly cyclist deaths between 2005 and 2014 consistently bounced from one to nine.
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