Table 2-24: Bus Occupant Safety Data

Table 2-24: Bus Occupant Safety Data

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  1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Fatalities 53 46 57 32 31 28 18 18 33 21 18 38 R59 22
Injured persons N N N 33,000 21,000 20,000 17,000 16,000 19,000 20,000 17,000 16,000 22,000 18,000
Crashes N N N 60,000 56,000 R50,000 51,000 56,000 R59,000 57,000 R53,000 53,000 63,000 56,000
Vehicle-miles (billions) 6.1 6.1 4.5 5.7 5.8 5.8 6.1 6.4 6.4 R6.6 6.8 7.0 R7.7 7.6
Rates per 100 million vehicle-milesb                            
Fatalities 0.9 0.8 1.3 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.3 0.3 0.5 0.3 0.3 0.5 0.8 0.3
Injured persons N N N 576 365 346 278 250 R296 305 R248 R228 R287 237
Crashes N N N 1,048 974 R865 833 874 R919 869 R775 R756 R822 737

KEY: N = data do not exist; R = revised.

a Bus includes school, transit, and intercity buses.

b The U.S. Department of Transportation(USDOT), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rounds its injury and crash data to the nearest thousand, but injury and crash rates are calculated using the unrounded data. NHTSA also calculates fatality, injury, and crash rates using vehicle-miles expressed to a higher level of precision than shown here. Thus, injury and crash rates shown in this table may differ slightly from the rates that would be calculated from the data in this table. USDOT, Bureau of Transportation Statistics has rounded vehicle-miles to the nearest 100 million in this table.

NOTE:

The injury and crash data in this table are from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) General Estimates System (GES). The data from GES, which began operation in 1988, are obtained from a nationally representative probability sample selected from all police-reported crashes. The GES sample includes only crashes where a police accident report was completed and the crash resulted in property damage, injury, or death. The resulting figures do not take into account crashes that were not reported to the police or that did not result in property damage. The 1993 National Transportation Statistics (NTS) Historical Compendium and earlier editions illustrated crashes and injury figures estimated by the National Safety Council, which used a different set of methods to arrive at its figures. Thus, the injury and crash figures in this edition of NTS may not be comparable with those found in the Compendium and in earlier editions.

SOURCES:

Fatalities and injuries:

1975-2000: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts 1999 DOT HS 808 983 (Washington, DC: December 2000), tables 4 and 51, and personal communication, Nov. 28, 2001.

Crashes:

1990-2000: Ibid., General Estimates System Database, personal communication, Dec. 18, 2001.

Vehicle-miles:

1975-94: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics Summary to 1995 (Washington, DC: July 1997), table VM-201A.

1995-2000: Ibid., Highway Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual issues), table VM-1.