Missouri Fatal Truck Accident Statistics
Missouri had a total of 869 traffic fatalities in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This number is down from 2006, which saw 1096 fatal accidents, but it is an increase over 2013 and 2014, which had 757 and 766, respectively.
Missouri has a higher rate of fatalities per 100,000 population than the national average. At 14.28 in 2015, which is above the US average of 10.92, the average continues to increase each year. Truck fatalities have also shown a slight increase with the exception of vans, which have decreased just slightly.
Pickup trucks are the number one category involved in truck fatalities. There were 144 deaths in 2015, which is an increase from 129 in 2011. Every year between was also lower but fluctuated up or down from the previous year. Utility truck deaths did the same thing with 108 in 2011 and 112 in 2015. At the same time, large truck-related deaths have hovered around the 18 mark throughout the period with 20 in 2015.
St. Louis and Phelps counties had the highest number of deaths involving a large truck with five. Several other counties came in second place with four. The majority of counties had either one or no deaths involving a large truck. Jackson County reported the most deaths involving light trucks with 15, which is up from the previous year but down from earlier years. Second place belongs to Jefferson County with 12, which has been showing a steady increase over previous years. St. Louis County took third place with 11, which is two fewer than in 2014 but more than in 2013, which had 10. These fluctuations are common in several counties with spikes and drops from one year to the next. Most counties in Missouri reported at least one fatality involving a truck in 2015.