Oregon Fatal Truck Accident Statistics
Oregon has seen an increase in the number of fatalities involving a truck in recent years. In fact, the state is above the average per 100,000 fatalities over the US in general, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Pickups make up the largest group where a fatality has occurred, with utility trucks coming in at a close second. Large trucks have the fewest fatalities.
For every category, the number of fatalities has risen from 2011 to 2015 with the exception of large trucks, which saw a slight decrease. In 2011, the number of deaths involving a large truck was nine while eight died in 2015. The low point for large truck fatalities came in 2012 with only two.
Fatalities involving a van have fluctuated through this period with 12 deaths in 2011 and 21 in 2015. The low point came in 2014 with five deaths. Utility trucks and pickup trucks have steadily increased over this time frame with both of them having their lowest year in 2013. For utility trucks, 55 deaths were reported in 2015 whereas 33 were reported in 2013 and 39 in 2011.
Similar statistics can be seen in the pickup truck category with 60 deaths reported in 2015, 37 in 2013 and 49 in 2011. The majority of fatalities involving large trucks in 2015 occurred in Lane County, reporting a total of 11 for the year.
The top three counties for truck fatalities involving a light truck were Lane County with 19, Linn County with 12 and Jackson County with 11. Linn County saw the most dramatic increase from the previous year, which had just two deaths related to light trucks. Lane County had the exact same number as the prior year while the numbers were up from four fatalities in 2011.