Table 2-4: Distribution of Transportation Fatalities by Mode

Table 2-4: Distribution of Transportation Fatalities by Mode

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1999 2000
Number Percent Number Percent
TOTAL of all modesa 44,036 100.0 R44,313 100.0
Passenger car occupants 20,862 47.4 R20,699 46.7
Light-truck occupants 11,265 25.6 R11,526 26.0
Pedestrians struck by motor vehicles 4,939 11.2 R4,763 10.7
Motorcyclists 2,483 5.6 R2,897 6.5
Large-truck occupants 759 1.7 R754 1.7
Recreational boating 734 1.7 701 1.6
Pedalcyclists struck by motor vehicles 754 1.7 R693 1.6
General aviation 619 1.4 R593 1.3
Railroad trespassersb (excluding grade crossings) 479 1.1 463 1.0
Other and unknown motor vehicle occupants 447 1.0 R450 1.0
Other nonoccupants struck by motor vehiclesc 149 0.34 R141 0.32
Air carriers 12 0.03 92 0.21
Waterborne transportation (nonvessel-related) 86 0.20 87 0.20
Heavy rail transit (subway) 84 0.19 80 0.18
Air taxi 38 0.09 71 0.16
Grade crossings, not involving motor vehiclesd 57 0.13 64 0.14
Private grade crossings, with motor vehicles 36 0.08 55 0.12
Waterborne transportation (vessel-related) 57 0.13 32 0.07
Light rail transit 17 0.04 30 0.07
Railroad employees on duty and contractors 38 0.09 25 0.06
Bus occupants (school, intercity, and transit) 59 0.13 22 0.05
Gas distribution pipelines 19 0.04 22 0.05
Railroad-related, not otherwise specified 10 0.02 20 0.05
Gas transmission pipelines 2 <0.01 15 0.03
Transit buses, fatalities not related to accidentse 12 0.03 8 0.02
Commuter air 12 0.03 5 0.01
Passengers on railroad trains 3 <0.01 4 <0.01
Hazardous liquid pipelines 4 <0.01 1 <0.01
Demand response transit, fatalities not related to accidentse 0 - 0 -
Other counts, redundant with abovef        
Large-truck occupants and nonoccupants 5,380 NA R 5,282 NA
Public grade crossings, with motor vehicles 309 NA 306 NA
Commuter rail 95 NA 87 NA
Transit buses, accident-related fatalities 90 NA 82 NA
Outside planes in crashesg 5 NA 13 NA
Demand responsive transit, accident-related fatalities 1 NA 8 NA

KEY: NA = not applicable; R = revised.

a Unless otherwise specified, includes fatalities outside the vehicle.

b Includes fatalities outside trains, except at grade crossings.

c Includes all nonoccupant fatalities, except pedalcyclists and pedestrians.

d Public 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 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.

g Includes nonoccupant fatalities resulting from aviation accidents.

SOURCES

Air data:

National Transportation Safety Board, Internet site www.ntsb.gov/aviation as of Oct. 2, 2002, and personal communication, Nov. 15, 2002.

Highway data:

U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts 2000 (DOT HS 809 337) (Washington, DC : December 2001), table 4 and personal communication Sept. 10, 2002.

Railroad data:

U.S. Federal Railroad Administration, Railroad Safety Statistics, Annual Report 2001 (Washington, DC: July 2002), table 1-3.

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, Data Administration Division (G-MRI-1), personal communication, Dec. 12, 2001.

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 Oct 2, 2002.