Nebraska Fatal Bus Accident Statistics
Nebraska had 40 fatalities in 2015 which involved large trucks and buses. This number is down from the 52 reported in 2014, according to a report by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These deaths occurred in 35 crashes, which is down from 41 for 2014. A total of 37 large vehicles were involved in these accidents.
While six accidents involved a single vehicle, the other 29 were multiple-vehicle crashes. According to nationwide statistics, the majority of crashes with large trucks/buses involve two vehicles.
Nebraska reported a fatality rate per million people of 18.46, which is significantly higher than the national average of 11.19. At the same time, it is a vast improvement over the rate of 24.64 for 2010. Accidents have decreased even as the population dropped slightly.
The number of buses on highways have increased from 1975, according to the FMCSA report, which showed just over 460,000 registered that year. In 2014, the total was almost double with more than 870,000 registered. At the same time, fatality rates per million miles driven have declined from 5.75 to 1.77 for the same time period. A bus is defined as a vehicle which can carry at least eight passengers, not counting the driver. This may include school buses, intercity buses, van-buses and transit buses.
Most counties in Nebraska had zero fatalities involving large vehicles for the year 2015. Those that did report a death had between one and five. The largest concentration was in the far eastern part, the mid-central portion of the state and the far western part. In the western portion, Kimball County had just one fatality while Lincoln County reported one in the central part of the state. Cass County, located in the eastern part of the state, also had one fatality while Otoe County reported two.