2018 Fatal Iowa Accidents by County

There were 318 traffic fatalities in Iowa during 2018—109 of these deaths occurred in just 10 counties, and the other 209 deaths occurred in Iowa’s remaining 89 counties. To illustrate the common causes of fatal crashes in Iowa, we will take a closer look at what caused the 109 deaths in the 10 counties with the most fatal accidents.

10 Iowa Counties With the Most Fatal Crashes in 2018

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has compiled fatal accident data from each of Iowa’s counties, including:

Polk County

Polk County had the most traffic-related deaths in Iowa during 2018. There were 27 deaths, including:

Linn County

Linn County had the second most traffic-related deaths in Iowa during 2018. There were 13 deaths, including:

  • 3 people in alcohol-related crashes
  • 8 people in single-vehicle crashes
  • 4 people in speeding-related crashes
  • 3 people in rollover accidents
  • 7 people in roadway departure accidents
  • 4 people in intersection or intersection-related accidents
  • 6 people in passenger cars
  • 4 people in light trucks
  • 1 motorcyclist
  • 1 pedestrian
  • 1 bicyclist

Scott County

During 2018, 13 people also died in Scott County crashes, including:

  • 4 people in alcohol-related crashes
  • 6 people in single-vehicle crashes
  • 3 people in speeding-related crashes
  • 2 people in rollover accidents
  • 4 people in roadway departure accidents
  • 5 people in intersection or intersection-related accidents
  • 3 people in passenger cars
  • 2 people in light trucks
  • 5 motorcyclists
  • 2 pedestrians
  • 1 bicyclist

Pottawattamie County

Pottawattamie County crashes claimed the lives of 11 people, including:

  • 1 person in an alcohol-related crash
  • 7 people in single-vehicle crashes
  • 3 people in large truck accidents
  • 1 person in a speeding-related crash
  • 5 people in rollover accidents
  • 9 people in roadway departure accidents
  • 4 people in intersection or intersection-related accidents
  • 4 people in passenger cars
  • 1 person in a light truck
  • 3 motorcyclists

Black Hawk County

Black Hawk County accidents claimed the lives of 10 people, including:

  • 2 people in alcohol-related crashes
  • 4 people in single-vehicle crashes
  • 1 person in a large truck accident
  • 3 people in speeding-related crashes
  • 4 people in roadway departure accidents
  • 5 people in intersection or intersection-related accidents
  • 4 people in passenger cars
  • 1 motorcyclist
  • 2 pedestrians
  • 2 bicyclists

Webster County

In Webster County, nine people lost their lives, including:

  • 5 people in alcohol-related crashes
  • 3 people in single-vehicle crashes
  • 2 people in large truck accidents
  • 1 person in a speeding-related crash
  • 3 people in rollover accidents
  • 6 people in roadway departure accidents
  • 3 people in passenger cars
  • 4 people in light trucks
  • 2 motorcyclists

Benton County

Seven traffic-related deaths were reported in Benton County in 2018, including:

  • 1 person in an alcohol-related crash
  • 2 people in single-vehicle crashes
  • 4 people in large truck accidents
  • 2 people in speeding-related crashes
  • 3 people in rollover accidents
  • 4 people in roadway departure accidents
  • 2 people in intersection or intersection-related accidents
  • 3 people in passenger cars
  • 4 people in light trucks

Johnson County

In Johnson County, seven people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes during 2018, including:

  • 3 people in alcohol-related crashes
  • 2 people in single-vehicle crashes
  • 2 people in large truck accident
  • 2 people in speeding-related crashes
  • 1 person in a rollover accident
  • 5 people in roadway departure accidents
  • 1 person in a passenger car
  • 4 people in light trucks
  • 1 motorcyclist
  • 1 pedestrian

Clinton County

Six people died in Clinton County motor vehicle crashes during 2018, including:

  • 3 people in alcohol-related crashes
  • 2 people in single-vehicle crashes
  • 1 person in a large truck accident
  • 1 person in a rollover accident
  • 2 people in roadway departure accidents
  • 1 person in an intersection or intersection-related accident
  • 3 people in passenger cars
  • 3 people in light trucks

Dubuque County

Dubuque County had the 10th most fatal Iowa crashes in 2018. Six people died, including:

  • 1 person in an alcohol-related crash
  • 2 people in single-vehicle crashes
  • 1 person in a large truck accident
  • 2 people in speeding-related crashes
  • 1 person in a rollover accident
  • 2 people in roadway departure accidents
  • 3 people in intersection or intersection-related accidents
  • 2 people in passenger cars
  • 1 person in a light truck
  • 1 motorcyclist
  • 1 pedestrian

All Iowa Families Deserve Justice After Fatal Car Wrecks

Statistics tell us how many people died and why, but they do not tell us about the unique consequences of their deaths. They don’t tell us about the spouse, children, parents, friends, and relatives that are mourning, or about the lost incomes that put families in precarious financial positions, or the lives that were left unfinished.

Our Iowa wrongful death car accident lawyers want to know all about these things. If someone else’s negligence caused your loved one’s death, then we want to help your family recover damages. We can’t bring your loved one back, but we can fight for your recovery of the medical expenses your loved one had from the time of the crash until the time of death, funeral costs, past and future lost income, emotional suffering, and other damages.

Call us or start a live chat with us now to schedule a free consultation in our Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, or Quad Cities office or at your home. Let’s talk about your legal rights, potential recovery, and our Win or It’s Free Guarantee.

Jason F. Abraham
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