Monthly data, not seasonally adjusted
Number of deaths
Improving safety is the top priority of the United States Department of Transportation. The number of railroad deaths (excluding public highway crossings) continues a downward trend. For the five-year period of 2002-2006 there was an average of 53 deaths per month, and the five-year period of 2007-2011 had an average of 49 deaths per month. Likewise, over the same period, efforts to improve safety and build grade separations have helped decrease fatalities at public highway grade-crossings from 22 per month in the 2002-2006 period to 14 per month in the 2007-2011 period.
Over the ten-year period of 2002-2011, 72% of all rail-related fatalities (including public highway crossings) were trespassers.
|Rail Fatalities (excluding highway vehicles at public crossings)||49||59|
|Percent change from same month previous year||+ 28.9%||+ 20.4%|
NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, rail fatalities excludes occupants of highway motor vehicles killed at public highway-rail grade crossings. Rail-highway fatalities are counted under highway fatailities in order to eliminate double-counting.
SOURCES: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety Analysis, Operational Data Tables, Tables 4.01 and 4.06, available at http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/ as of August 2013.