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Highway Safety Office Releases 2015 Oklahoma Car Accident Statistics

The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO) is a comprehensive resource for car accident statistics.  Every year, OHSO publishes a series of reports on car crashes, motorcycle crashes, DUI accidents, car accidents during the holidays, and many other subjects.  By comparing these numbers from year to year, it’s possible to get an idea of whether automotive accidents are increasing or declining in cities and counties across the state, such as Oklahoma City car accidents.  Here, we’ll compare some key figures from 2014 and 2015 to see whether crash injuries and fatalities are becoming more or less common in Oklahoma truck accidents and other types of crashes.

Statistics Show Oklahoma Auto Accident Deaths, Injuries Decreased in 2015 

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In 2014, a total of 152,898 people were involved in automotive accidents in Oklahoma.  Among them:

  • 669 people were killed in fatal crashes.
  • 3,042 people suffered incapacitating injuries.
  • 11,690 people suffered non-incapacitating injuries.
  • 18,673 people had possible, but unconfirmed, injuries.
  • 109,836 people were not injured.
  • The status of 8,988 people was unknown.
  • There was a total of 34,074 combined fatalities and injuries of all severity.

Are these problems improving, or getting worse?  Here’s how the above figures compare against the data from 2015:

  • 162,944 people were involved in car accidents statewide, 10,046 more people than in 2014.
  • 645 people were killed in fatal accidents, 24 fewer than the previous year.
  • 2,826 people suffered incapacitating injuries, 216 fewer than the previous year.
  • 11,440 people suffered non-incapacitating injuries, 250 fewer than in 2014.
  • 20,211 people had possible injuries, a dramatic increase of 1,538 from the previous year.
  • 116,376 people were not injured, a marked improvement of 6,540 non-injury outcomes over the prior year.
  • There was a total of 35,122 combined fatalities and injuries of all severity.

While the overall number of people involved in crashes increased from 2014 to 2015, as did the annual numbers of deaths combined with all injuries, the most devastating outcomes — fatalities and serious injuries — both declined in 2015.  Additionally, a greater number of accidents did not cause any injuries.

Unfortunately, not every city is following this general trend.  For example, 42,225 people were involved in car accidents in Oklahoma City in 2014.  Tragically, 72 people were killed that year.  In 2015, there were 85 fatalities from Oklahoma City auto accidents — 13 more than the previous year — even though the overall number of accident deaths declined statewide.  However, the number of incapacitating injuries in Oklahoma City crashes did decrease, shrinking from 617 in 2014 to 573 in 2015.

Highway Safety Office Truck Accident Data Shows Decline in Fatalities 

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OHSO also tracks accidents involving large commercial trucks like 16-wheelers and 18-wheelers, allowing a comparison of Oklahoma truck accidents over time.  In 2014:

  • 11,639 people were involved in truck crashes in Oklahoma statewide.
  • 116 people were killed in fatal truck accidents.
  • 239 people sustained incapacitating injuries from commercial truck wrecks.
  • 788 people sustained non-incapacitating injuries.
  • 1,018 people may have been injured.
  • 8,849 people did not sustain any injuries.
  • The status of 629 people was unknown.
  • 2,161 people were injured or killed, including truck occupants, occupants of other vehicles, and injuries of all severity combined.

Truck accidents in Oklahoma followed the same pattern as auto accidents overall, in that injuries and fatalities both decreased.  In 2015:

  • 12,293 people were involved in truck collisions throughout the state, 654 more than in 2014.
  • 100 people were killed in truck crashes, 16 fewer than the previous year.
  • 222 people suffered incapacitating injuries, 17 fewer than in 2014.
  • 730 people sustained non-incapacitating injuries, 58 fewer than the year before.
  • 1,031 people could have possibly been injured, a slight increase of 13 from the previous year.
  • 9,332 people were not injured, which is 483 more non-injury outcomes than in 2014.
  • The status of 878 people was unconfirmed, a large increase of 249 from 2014.
  • Overall, a total of 2,083 people were injured or killed in Oklahoma commercial trucking accidents, 78 fewer than the year before.  In this regard, truck accident numbers actually improved more than auto accidents generally.

If you’re curious about other Oklahoma car crash statistics, you might be interested in our articles on Oklahoma drunk driving accident statistics or what time of day most car accidents happen.  Our car accident infographic gives a visual breakdown of contributing crash factors, like weather and seatbelt use.

Contact Our Canadian County Car Crash Attorneys for a Free Consultation

The Canadian County car accident injury lawyers of Hasbrook & Hasbrook have more than 75 years of combined experience helping crash victims fight for the compensation they deserve.  If you were in an accident with a truck driver or passenger vehicle, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, the earnings you lost, your projected future expenses, and your pain and suffering.

Call our law offices at (405) 698-3040 to talk about whether you might have an injury claim in a free, completely confidential legal consultation.  There is no such thing as a bad or silly question — we’re here to provide answers and support.  Our personal injury law firm handles auto accident claims throughout the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.