Bus Accident Facts and Statistics

What All Experienced Bus Accident Lawyers Know

The Analysis Division of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) prepares reports each year where you can find important facts and statistics about bus accidents. It is called Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts (LTBCF). The report contains fatal, injurious, and property-damage-only crashes that happen all over the US and involve large trucks and buses.

If you want to learn more and you are also interested in large tracts facts and statistics, find the report online. It is free to download. Here we would like to go over the most important information in the LTBCF report concerning only bus crashes. The latest available report on the FMCSA’s website covers bus crash facts in 2014.

Overview of the report

This online edition of Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts provides Excel spreadsheets that contain data tables and graphs.

To make this data clear, let’s define exactly what the word “bus” entails. A bus is defined in Fatality Analysis Reporting System as any motor vehicle that is designed primarily to transport nine or more persons, including the driver.

The report has four chapters: Trends, Crashes, Vehicles, and People. The Trends chapter shows us the data for 2014. The Crashes chapter gives the numbers on bus crashes and the Vehicles chapter provides the numbers on vehicle accidents. The People chapter counts all persons (either occupants of a truck, occupants of another vehicle, or non-motorists like pedestrians or cyclists) injured or killed in all types of bus accidents.


In 2014, there were 223 fatal crashes involving buses. The number of fatalities in those crashes was 281. But these numbers have been steadily declining over recent years. For example, in 2013, there were 282 fatal bus accidents with 320 people killed in them.

There were as much as 11,000 injury crashes involving buses in 2014 where 22,000 people were injured.

In 2015, the number of buses involved in fatal crashes went down from 282 to 234. It is a 17% decrease. And the bus involvement rate in fatal crashes also decreased by 21%.

If we look at the bus property-damage-only statistics, we see a different situation. The total number of accidents increased. In 2014, there were 57,000 property-damage-only crashes involving buses. This is the highest number since 1994 and the report does not show the data before that year. In 2013, there were 48,000 such accidents and in 2012 – 42,000. The fewest number of accidents happened in 2005. There were 38,000 of them. We cannot blame the number of registered buses for the number of accidents, though. Because there were about 807 thousand of them in 2005 and only 65 thousand more registered buses in 2014.

On average, from 2004 to 2014, 13% of all bus accidents involved intercity buses while transit buses accounted for 33% of the accidents and school buses were 41 of all buses that were involved in fatal crashes.

What to do after a bus accident

As we have seen, a lot of bus accidents happen each year in the United States. It means that people who are injured in them or the relatives of the deceased have to deal with insurance companies in order to get compensation for their medical expenses and missed time at work, as well as emotional suffering and pain.

Approximately 22,000 people were injured in bus accidents last year and all of them had to worry about not only regaining their health, but also money problems. There is a way to make this easier. There are bus accident lawyers who have a lot of experience with bus accident compensation claims. They know how to make them pay you more. Because in many cases, the insurers trick people who do not know anything about personal injury claims into accepting less money than they deserve.

To make sure you get a proper compensation, call the Wilshire Law Firm and our bus accident lawyers will help you.

Last Updated: 03-24-2017