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Table 2-4: Distribution of Transportation Fatalities by Mode

Table 2-4: Distribution of Transportation Fatalities by Mode

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  1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 (R) 2008 2009
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
TOTAL of all modesa 44,086 100.00 44,384 100.00 44,941 100.00 (R) 45,276 100.00 45,134 100.00 45,052 100.00 (R) 45,666 100.00 (R) 45,040 100.00 (R) 43,330 100.00 39,514 100.00 (P) 35,929 100.00
Passenger car occupants 20,862 47.32 20,699 46.64 20,320 45.21 20,569 45.43 19,725 43.70 19,192 42.60 18,512 40.54 17,925 39.80 16,614 (R) 38.34 14,646 37.07 13,095 36.45
Light-truck occupants 11,265 25.55 11,526 25.97 11,723 26.09 12,274 27.11 12,546 27.80 12,674 28.13 13,037 28.55 12,761 28.33 12,458 28.75 10,816 27.37 10,287 28.63
Pedestrians struck by motor vehicles 4,939 11.20 4,763 10.73 4,901 10.91 4,851 10.71 4,774 10.58 4,675 10.38 4,892 10.71 4,795 10.65 4,699 10.84 4,414 11.17 4,092 11.39
Motorcyclists 2,483 5.63 2,897 6.53 3,197 7.11 3,270 7.22 3,714 8.23 4,028 8.94 4,576 10.02 4,837 10.74 5,174 11.94 5,312 13.44 4,462 12.42
Large-truck occupants 759 1.72 754 1.70 708 1.58 689 1.52 726 1.61 766 1.70 804 1.76 805 1.79 805 1.86 682 1.73 503 1.40
Pedalcyclists struck by motor vehicles 754 1.71 693 1.56 732 1.63 665 1.47 629 1.39 727 1.61 786 1.72 772 1.71 701 1.62 718 1.82 630 1.75
Recreational boating 734 1.66 701 1.58 681 1.52 750 1.66 703 1.56 676 1.50 697 1.53 710 1.58 685 1.58 709 1.79 736 2.05
Other and unknown motor vehicle occupants 447 1.01 450 1.01 458 1.02 528 1.17 589 1.31 602 1.34 659 1.44 601 1.33 614 1.42 580 1.47 563 1.57
General aviation 621 1.41 596 1.34 562 1.25 581 1.28 633 1.40 559 1.24 563 1.23 (R) 706 1.57 496 1.14 494 1.25 (P) 474 1.32
Railroad trespassersb (excluding grade crossings) 479 1.09 463 1.04 511 1.14 540 1.19 498 1.10 472 1.05 458 1.00 511 1.13 470 1.08 457 1.16 (P) 428 1.19
Other nonoccupants struck by motor vehiclesc 149 0.34 141 0.32 123 0.27 114 0.25 140 0.31 130 0.29 186 0.41 185 0.41 158 0.36 188 0.48 150 0.42
Grade crossings, not involving motor vehiclesd 57 0.13 64 0.14 76 0.17 47 0.10 62 0.14 85 0.19 76 0.17 65 0.14 73 0.17 69 0.17 (P) 66 0.18
Air taxi 38 0.09 71 0.16 60 0.13 35 0.08 42 0.09 64 0.14 18 0.04 16 0.04 43 0.10 69 0.17 (P) 17 0.05
Heavy rail transit (subway) 84 0.19 80 0.18 59 0.13 73 0.16 49 0.11 59 0.13 35 0.08 23 0.05 32 0.07 61 0.15 96 0.27
Waterborne transportation (nonvessel-related) 136 0.31 134 0.30 94 0.21 54 0.12 61 0.14 60 0.13 60 0.13 56 0.12 59 0.14 67 0.17 93 0.26
Bus occupants (school, intercity, and transit) 59 0.13 22 0.05 34 0.08 45 0.10 41 0.09 42 0.09 58 0.13 27 0.06 36 0.08 67 0.17 (P) 26 0.07
Waterborne transportation (vessel-related) 58 0.13 53 0.12 53 0.12 59 0.13 69 0.15 86 0.19 78 0.17 73 0.16 67 0.15 51 0.13 57 0.16
Private grade crossings, with motor vehicles 36 0.08 55 0.12 30 0.07 39 0.09 30 0.07 30 0.07 26 0.06 38 0.08 37 0.09 22 0.06 (P) 19 0.05
Railroad employees, contractors, and volunteers on duty (excluding grade crossings) 31 0.07 22 0.05 23 0.05 22 0.05 20 0.04 27 0.06 28 0.06 19 0.04 21 0.05 28 0.07 (P) 18 0.05
Light rail transit 17 0.04 30 0.07 21 0.05 13 0.03 17 0.04 22 0.05 19 0.04 17 0.04 32 0.07 15 0.04 33 0.09
Railroad-related, not otherwise specified (excluding grade crossings) 17 0.04 23 0.05 13 0.03 25 0.06 11 0.02 20 0.04 26 0.06 5 0.01 21 0.05 7 0.02 10 0.03
Gas distribution pipelines 16 0.04 22 0.05 5 0.01 (R) 10 0.02 11 0.02 18 0.04 (R) 12 0.03 18 0.04 9 0.02 6 0.02 9 0.03
Transit buses, fatalities not related to accidentse 12 0.03 8 0.02 6 0.01 14 0.03 14 0.03 16 0.04 17 0.04 18 0.04 14 0.03 5 0.01 4 0.01
Air carriersf 12 0.03 92 0.21 531 1.18 0 0.00 22 0.05 14 0.03 22 0.05 50 0.11 1 0.00 3 0.01 (P) 52 0.14
Hazardous liquid pipelines 4 0.01 1 0.00 0 0.00 1 0.00 0 0.00 5 0.01 2 0.00 0 0.00 4 0.01 2 0.01 4 0.01
Passengers on railroad trains (excluding grade crossings) 3 0.01 4 0.01 3 0.01 7 0.02 2 0.00 3 0.01 16 0.04 2 0.00 5 0.01 24 0.06 (P) 3 0.01
Demand response transit, fatalities not related to accidentse 0 0.00 0 0.00 2 0.00 0 0.00 3 0.01 0 0.00 1 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 2 0.01 2 0.01
Commuter air 12 0.03 5 0.01 13 0.03 0 0.00 2 0.00 0 0.00 2 0.00 2 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 (P) 0 0.00
Gas transmission pipelines 2 0.00 15 0.03 2 0.00 1 0.00 1 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 3 0.01 2 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00
Other counts, redundant with aboveg                                            
Large-truck occupants and nonoccupants 5,380 12.20 5,282 11.90 5,111 11.37 4,939 10.91 5,036 11.16 5,235 11.62 5,240 11.47 5,027 11.16 4,822 11.13 4,245 10.74 3,380 9.41
Public grade crossings, with motor vehicles 309 0.70 306 0.69 315 0.70 271 0.60 241 0.53 249 0.55 255 0.56 266 0.59 225 0.52 198 0.50 (P) 161 0.45
Commuter rail 95 0.22 87 0.20 87 0.19 116 0.26 77 0.17 86 0.19 105 0.23 85 0.19 124 0.29 93 0.24 67 0.19
Transit buses, accident-related fatalities 90 0.20 82 0.18 89 0.20 64 0.14 73 0.16 61 0.14 49 0.11 76 0.17 76 0.18 72 0.18 63 0.18
Outside planes in crashesh 5 0.01 14 0.03 11 0.02 6 0.01 6 0.01 1 0.00 U U U U U U U U U U
Demand response transit, accident-related fatalities 1 0.00 8 0.02 3 0.01 0 0.00 1 0.00 0 0.00 7 0.02 7 0.02 8 0.02 5 0.01 5 0.01

KEY: NA = not applicable; P = preliminary; R = revised; U = data are unavailable.

a Includes fatalities outside the vehicle, unless otherwise specified.

b Includes fatalities outside trains, except at grade crossings.

c Includes all nonoccupant fatalities, except pedalcyclists and pedestrians.

dPublic grade-crossing fatalities involving motor vehicles are included in counts for motor vehicles.

e Fatalities not related to Transit bus and Demand responsive transit accidents are not included under highway submodes.

f In 2001, other than the persons aboard the aircraft who were killed, fatalities resulting from the September 11 terrorist acts are excluded.

g Fatalities at grade crossings with motor vehicles are included under relevant motor vehicle modes. Commuter rail fatalities are counted under railroad. For Transit bus and Demand responsive transit accidents, occupant fatalities are counted under "bus" and nonoccupant fatalities are counted under "Pedestrians," "Pedalcyclists," or other motor vehicle categories.

h Includes nonoccupant fatalities resulting from aviation accidents.

SOURCES

Air:

National Transportation Safety Board, Aviation Accident Statistics, available at www.ntsb.gov/aviation/Stats.htm as of Nov. 2, 2010.

Highway:

U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), General Trends, available at http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/Main/reportslinks.aspx as of Nov. 2, 2010.

Railroad:

1999-2005: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety and Analysis, Railroad Safety Statistics Annual Report (Annual Issues), available at http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/officeofsafety/ as of Oct. 28, 2009.

2006-09: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety and Analysis, Railroad Safety Statistics Preliminary Annual Report, tables 1-3 and 7-4, available at http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/officeofsafety/ as of Nov. 3, 2010.

Transit:

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, Transit Safety and Security Statistics and Analysis (Washington, DC: Annual Issues) and personal communication, Nov. 12, 2010.

Waterborne transportation:

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Data Administration Division (G-MRI-1), personal communications, Oct. 27, 2009 and Sept. 30, 2010.

Recreational boating:

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Boating Safety, Boating Statistics, table 30, available at http://www.uscgboating.org as of Nov. 2, 2010.

Pipeline:

U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Office of Pipeline Safety, Pipeline Incidents and Mileage Reports, available at http://ops.dot.gov/stats/stats.htm as of Nov. 3, 2010.

Updated: Sunday, May 21, 2017