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 2001
Fatalities 53 46 57 32 31 28 18 18 33 21 18 38 59 22 34
Injured personsE N N N 32,691 20,959 20,144 17,056 15,767 19,214 20,291 16,887 15,559 21,958 17,769 15,427
CrashesE N N N 60,412 56,285 49,705 51,353 55,818 58,847 57,185 53,376 53,385 62,591 55,594 54,264
Vehicle-miles(millions) 6,055 6,059 4,478 5,726 5,750 5,778 6,125 6,409 6,420 6,563 6,842 7,007 7,662 R7,590 6,986
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 0.5
Injured personsE N N N 571 365 349 278 246 299 309 247 222 287 234 221
CrashesE N N N 1,055 979 860 838 871 917 871 780 762 817 R732 777

KEY: E = estimated; 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:

1975-2001: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Traffic Safety Facts 2001, DOT HS 809 484 (Washington, DC: December 2002), tables 4, 51, and personal communication, Sept. 10, 2002.

Crashes:

1990-2001: Ibid., General Estimates System Database, personal communication, Sept 10, 2002.

Vehicle-miles:

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

1995-2001: Ibid., Highway Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual issues), table VM-1.