Nebraska Fatal Truck Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nebraska had 246 traffic fatalities in 2015. This number is up from the past eight years, but down from the statistics in 2006 and 2007, which had 269 and 256 respectively.
Nebraska’s accident fatality rate has increased over the past five years, going from below the national average per 100,000 population to above it. In 2015, Nebraska’s rate was 12.97 whereas the US national average is 10.92.
Truck accident deaths are a percentage of the total number of traffic-related deaths in Nebraska. Pickup trucks lead the category with 53 in 2015. This number is up from 2011 with 33. The highest number came in 2014 with 57.
Utility truck-related deaths have almost doubled from 2011 with 22 to 2015 with 43. On the other hand, fatalities which involve a van dropped to 7 in 2015 from 11 in 2011 and 14 in 2012. Large trucks also play a role in fatalities in Nebraska with 5 in 2015. This number is lower than the 8 in 2012 and 7 in 2014.
The majority of large truck deaths happened in Dodge County in 2015, while Douglas County claimed the top spot just one year before. Douglas County also tops the list for fatal accidents involving light trucks with 17, which was a dramatic increase over prior years. In second place was Gage County with seven, which was another big increase over 2014 which was one fatality. Lancaster County had the third most light truck and van fatal accidents with five, which was down from the year before. Saline and Sarpy counties were in fourth place with four each, which was an increase for the two counties from previous years. The majority of counties in Nebraska had two or fewer light truck fatalities in 2015.