Kansas Fatal Crash Statistics
Kansas has done much to improve highway and traffic safety, yet the state has yet to implement laws recommended by safety experts. In fact, in 2014, Kansas lost 385 people in fatal traffic crashes, up from 350 fatalities the prior year.
If we take a closer look at statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, we see that of these fatalities,
- 240 involved a vehicle leaving the roadway
- 198 were single vehicle accidents
- 132 involved a vehicle rollover
- 109 involved at least one speeding driver
- 46 involved a large truck
Unfortunately, the majority of traffic deaths were occupants of passenger cars, and of the 296 occupants who died, 150 were not wearing seatbelts or were not properly secured in child safety restraints. It is estimated that 53 lives could have been saved if all vehicle passengers always wore their seatbelts.
Alcohol was involved in 103 traffic fatalities, up from 97 the previous year. While statistically, the state falls below the national average, drunk driving continues to take far too many innocent lives in Kansas.
Speeding seems to be a statewide problem, and Kansas has gained little traction in decreasing speed related deaths. In fact, 109 individuals died because of drivers going over the posted speed limit or driving too fast for the conditions of the road.
The state does not have a mandatory helmet law, and 28 of the 48 riders who died in crashes were not wearing a helmet.
Novice drivers under the age of 21 were involved in 55 fatalities, and at least one driver was under the age of 15. While these numbers are too high, they do represent a gradual decrease over a ten-year period.
Pedestrian fatalities remain stagnant, a clear indication that more needs to be done to ensure the safety of walkers and joggers. 23 pedestrians died in motor vehicle accidents in 2014, up from a ten-year low of 14 in 2011.
Bicyclists are also at a disadvantage on Kansas roadways, and seven were killed in 2014, a significant increase from 2010 when one cyclist died in a car accident.
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