Utah Fatal Truck Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Utah has a lower rate of crash fatalities per 100,000 population than the US average. What is even better news is the fact that many types of truck-related traffic deaths have gone down over the past five years.
Fatalities involving utility trucks have decreased from 40 in 2011 to 29 in 2015. The numbers have held steady the past two years after seeing the lowest point in 2013 at 24. Large truck accident deaths have basically held steady with 5 in 2011 and 6 in 2015. In 2012, there was only one fatality, which was the lowest point for this category. Pickup truck fatalities have seen the most increase from 30 in 2011 to 38 in 2015. The number dropped in 2012 with 23 and again in 2014 with 27. Van-related fatalities have also remained steady from 2011 to 2015 with 11 and 12 respectively. The exception was in 2012 when there were just three fatalities involving vans.
Utah County had the highest number of fatal accidents in 2015 with 13. Salt Lake County followed in second place with 11. The difference between the two counties is that Salt Lake County has remained fairly consistent over the five-year period while Utah County has fluctuated and increased dramatically in 2015. The previous year saw only three fatalities. Most other counties have remained stable with Washington County showing a slight increase and Box Elder County seeing a decrease from 2014 with six deaths in 2015 and 10 the year prior.
Common reasons for accidents in Utah include speeding, a road departure, and rollover. Many fatal accidents are with a single vehicle, meaning no other vehicles were involved. If you have been involved in a fatal truck accident, you should seek out an experienced attorney for legal help.