Table 2-4. Distribution of Transportation Fatalities by Mode

Table 2-4. Distribution of Transportation Fatalities by Mode

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  1999 % 1998 %
Passenger car occupants 20,818 47.5 21,194 48.3
Light-truck occupants 11,243 25.6 10,705 24.4
Pedestrians struck by motor vehicles 4,906 11.2 5,228 11.9
Motorcyclists 2,472 5.6 2,294 5.2
Large-truck occupants 758 1.7 742 1.7
Pedalcyclists struck by motor vehicles 750 1.7 761 1.7
Recreational boating 734 1.7 815 1.9
General aviation 628 1.4 623 1.4
Railroada (excluding grade crossings) 530 1.2 577 1.3
Other and unknown motor vehicle occupants 457 1.0 409 0.9
Other nonoccupants struck by motor vehiclesb 149 0.3 131 0.3
Heavy rail transit (subway) 84 0.2 54 0.1
Waterborne transportation (nonvessel-related)R 67 0.2 76 0.2
Bus occupants (school, intercity, and transit) 58 0.1 38 0.1
Grade crossings, not involving motor vehiclesc 57 0.1 62 0.1
Air taxi 38 0.09 45 0.1
Waterborne transportation (vessel-related) 44 0.1 59 0.3
Light rail transit 17 0.04 23 0.05
Gas distribution pipelines 15 0.03 16 0.04
Air carriers 12 0.03 1 <0.01
Commuter air 12 0.0 0 0.0
Transit buses, fatalities not related to accidentsd 11 0.03 19 0.04
Hazardous liquid pipelines 4 <0.01 2 <0.01
Gas transmission pipelines 2 <0.01 1 <0.01
Demand response transit, fatalities not related to accidentsd 0 0.0 2 <0.01
Total of all modese 43,866 100.0 43,876 100.0
Other counts, redundant with abovef       
Grade crossings, with motor vehicles 345   369  
Commuter rail 95   94  
Transit buses, accident-related fatalities 91   90  
Passengers on railroad trains 14   4  
Demand responsive transit, accident-related fatalities 1   2  

a Includes fatalities outside trains, except at grade crossings.
b Includes all nonoccupant fatalities, except pedalcyclists and pedestrians.
c Grade-crossing fatalities involving motor vehicles are included in counts for motor vehicles.
d Fatalities not related to transit bus and demand responsive transit accidents are not included under highway. submodes.
e Unless otherwise specified, includes fatalities outside the vehicle.
f 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.

KEY: R = revised

SOURCES:
Air data: National Transportation Safety Board, Internet site www.ntsb.gov/aviation, as of April, 2000.
Highway data: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts 1998 (DOT HS 808 983) (Washington, DC : October 1999), table 4, and personal communication, Oct. 4, 1999.
Railroad data: U.S. Federal Railroad Administration, Railroad Safety Statistics, Annual Report 1998 (Washington, DC: July 1999), table 1-1.
Transit data: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, Safety Management Information Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual issues).
Waterborne transportation: U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Investigations and Analysis, Compliance Analysis Division, (G-MOA-2), personal communication, Apr. 13, 1999.
Recreational boating: Ibid. Office of Boating Safety. Boating Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual issues).
Pipeline data: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration, Office of Pipeline Safety, and Internet site http://ops.dot.gov as of June 28, 2000.