Oregon Fatal Bus Accident Statistics
The state of Oregon reported 52 fatalities involving large vehicles for 2015. This number is a significant increase from the 32 reported in 2014 and the 33 from 2013. This information comes from a report by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These deaths come as a result of 46 fatal crashes for the year, involving 50 large vehicles. Of this total, 11 were single-vehicle accidents. The rest involved two or more vehicles.
A bus is defined as any vehicle that can carry eight or more passengers, in addition to the driver. This may include school buses, city buses, and transport buses as well as van-buses. The number of buses on the road had almost doubled since 1975 when there were over 462,000 registered. In 2014, that number was more than 872,000. However, the rate of fatalities per million miles driven dropped dramatically from 5.75 to 1.77.
Oregon is just slightly above the national average for rate of fatalities per one million people. The state has a rate of 11.42 as compared to the national average of 11.19. This number is up slightly from 2010, which was 10.96. The population has increased somewhat while the number of fatalities has also gone up slightly.
About half of the counties in Oregon have reported at least one fatality involving large vehicles for 2015. However, the majority of those counties had five or fewer deaths for the year. The greatest proportion was concentrated in the western part of the state while the eastern and central areas had the lowest numbers. Only one county reported more than five deaths for 2015. This was Lane County, located in the west part of Oregon. It reported 11 deaths, which was a dramatic rise from the three recorded in 2014.