Fatal crashes on Nebraska roads tick up in 2018

March 13, 2019

Crashes on Nebraska roads killed 230 people last year, the most since 2015, according to year-end data released by the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety Tuesday.

Those deaths were a slight increase over traffic fatalities in 2017 and resulted from 201 crashes, the Highway Safety Office reported.

In 2015, the state totaled 246 traffic fatalities.

Last year, just under one-third of those killed were on urban roads.

In 2018, 24 pedestrians were hit and killed. And for the first time in five years, no bicyclists were killed in traffic crashes.

Four fewer motorcyclists died in crashes last year, with 23 deaths recorded, according to the report.

Interstate crash fatalities in 2018 accounted for about 13 percent of the deaths.

Through Monday, 29 people had died in crashes on Nebraska roads in 2019, a 31 percent decrease from fatalities seen in the same time frame last year.