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
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
TOTAL of all modesaR44,044 100.0 R44,333 100.0 44,933 100.0
Passenger car occupants 20,862 47.4 20,699 46.7 20,320 45.2
Light-truck occupants 11,265 25.6 11,526 26.0 11,723 26.1
Pedestrians struck by motor vehicles 4,939 11.2 4,763 10.7 4,901 10.9
Motorcyclists 2,483 5.64 2,897 6.53 3,197 7.1
Pedalcyclists struck by motor vehicles 754 1.71 693 1.56 732 1.6
Large-truck occupants 759 1.72 754 1.70 708 1.6
Recreational boating 734 1.67 701 1.58 681 1.5
General aviation 619 1.41 R595 1.34 562 1.3
Air carriers 12 0.03 92 0.21 h531 1.2
Railroad trespassersb (excluding grade crossings) 479 1.09 463 1.04 511 1.1
Other and unknown motor vehicle occupants 447 1.01 450 1.02 458 1.0
Other nonoccupants struck by motor vehiclesc 149 0.34 141 0.32 123 0.27
Waterborne transportation (nonvessel-related) R93 0.21 R88 0.20 80 0.18
Grade crossings, not involving motor vehiclesd 57 0.13 64 0.14 76 0.17
Air taxi 38 0.09 71 0.16 60 0.13
Heavy rail transit (subway) 84 0.19 80 0.18 59 0.13
Waterborne transportation (vessel-related) R61 0.14 R49 0.11 59 0.13
Bus occupants (school, intercity, and transit) 59 0.13 22 0.05 34 0.08
Private grade crossings, with motor vehicles 36 0.08 55 0.12 30 0.07
Railroad employees, contractors, and volunteers on duty (excluding grade crossings) R31 0.07 R22 0.05 23 0.05
Light rail transit 17 0.04 30 0.07 21 0.05
Railroad-related, not otherwise specified (excluding grade crossings) R17 0.04 R23 0.05 13 0.03
Commuter air 12 0.03 5 0.01 13 0.03
Transit buses, fatalities not related to accidentse 12 0.03 8 0.02 6 0.01
Gas distribution pipelines R16 0.04 22 0.05 5 0.01
Passengers on railroad trains (excluding grade crossings) 3 4 3
Gas transmission pipelines 2 15 0.03 2
Demand response transit, fatalities not related to accidentse 0 - 0 - 2
Hazardous liquid pipelines 4 1 0 -
Other counts, redundant with abovef           
Large-truck occupants and nonoccupants 5,380 NA R 5,282 NA 4,897 NA
Public grade crossings, with motor vehicles 309 NA 306 NA 315 NA
Transit buses, accident-related fatalities 90 NA 82 NA 89 NA
Commuter rail 95 NA 87 NA 87 NA
Outside planes in crashesg 5 NA R14 NA 11 NA
Demand responsive transit, accident-related fatalities 1 NA 8 NA 3 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.

h Other than the persons aboard the aircraft who were killed, fatalities resulting from the September 11 terrorist acts are excluded.

SOURCES

Air data:

National Transportation Safety Board, Internet site www.ntsb.gov/aviation as of May 5, 2003.

Highway data:

U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts 2002: Overview, DOT HS 809 612 (Washington, DC: 2003), table 1, available at Internet site www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/TSF2002/2002ovrfacts.pdf as of August 2003.

Railroad data:

U.S. Federal Railroad Administration, Railroad Safety Statistics, Annual Report 2001 (Washington, DC: July 2003), tables 1-3 and 7-7.

Transit data:

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, Safety Management Information Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual issues) and personal communication, July 28, 2003.

Waterborne transportation:

U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, Data Administration Division (G-MRI-1), personal communication, July 2, 2003.

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 3, 2003.