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 2002
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
TOTAL of all modesa 44,044 100.0 (R) 44,334 100.0 44,933 100.0 45,096 100.0
Passenger car occupants 20,862 47.4 20,699 46.7 20,320 45.2 20,416 45.3
Light-truck occupants 11,265 25.6 11,526 26.0 11,723 26.1 12,182 27.0
Pedestrians struck by motor vehicles 4,939 11.2 4,763 10.7 4,901 10.9 4,808 10.7
Motorcyclists 2,483 5.6 2,897 6.5 3,197 7.1 3,244 7.2
Recreational boating 734 1.7 701 1.6 681 1.5 750 1.7
Large-truck occupants 759 1.7 754 1.7 708 1.6 684 1.5
Pedalcyclists struck by motor vehicles 754 1.7 693 1.6 732 1.6 662 1.5
Other and unknown motor vehicle occupants 447 1.0 450 1.0 458 1.0 661 1.5
General aviation 619 1.4 (R) 596 1.3 562 1.3 581 1.3
Railroad trespassersb (excluding grade crossings) 479 1.1 463 1.0 511 1.1 540 1.2
Other nonoccupants struck by motor vehiclesc 149 0.34 141 0.32 123 0.27 113 0.25
Heavy rail transit (subway) 84 0.19 80 0.18 59 0.13 73 0.16
Waterborne transportation (vessel-related) 61 0.13 49 0.07 59 0.13 64 0.14
Waterborne transportation (nonvessel-related) 93 0.20 88 0.20 80 0.18 59 0.13
Grade crossings, not involving motor vehiclesd 57 0.13 64 0.14 76 0.17 47 0.10
Bus occupants (school, intercity, and transit) 59 0.13 22 0.05 34 0.08 45 0.10
Private grade crossings, with motor vehicles 36 0.08 55 0.12 30 0.07 39 0.09
Air taxi 38 0.09 71 0.16 60 0.13 35 0.08
Railroad-related, not otherwise specified (excluding grade crossings) 17 0.02 23 0.05 13 0.03 25 0.06
Railroad employees, contractors, and volunteers on duty (excluding grade crossings) 31 0.09 22 0.06 23 0.05 22 0.05
Transit buses, fatalities not related to accidentse 12 0.03 8 0.02 6 0.01 14 0.03
Light rail transit 17 0.04 30 0.07 21 0.05 13 0.03
Gas distribution pipelines 16 0.04 22 0.05 5 0.01 10 0.02
Passengers on railroad trains (excluding grade crossings) 3 <0.01 4 <0.01 3 <0.01 7 0.02
Gas transmission pipelines 2 <0.01 15 0.03 2 <0.01 1 <0.01
Hazardous liquid pipelines 4 <0.01 1 <0.01 0 - 1 <0.01
Air carriers 12 0.03 92 0.21 (h) 531 1.2 0 -
Commuter air 12 0.03 5 0.01 13 0.03 0 -
Demand response transit, fatalities not related to accidentse 0 - 0 - 2 <0.01 0 -
Other counts, redundant with abovef                
Large-truck occupants and nonoccupants 5,380 NA 5,282 NA 5,111 NA 4,897 NA
Public grade crossings, with motor vehicles 309 NA 306 NA 315 NA 271 NA
Commuter rail 95 NA 87 NA 87 NA 116 NA
Transit buses, accident-related fatalities 90 NA 82 NA 89 NA 64 NA
Outside planes in crashesg 5 NA 14 NA 11 NA 6 NA
Demand responsive transit, accident-related fatalities 1 NA 8 NA 3 NA 0 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/Stats.htm as of Aug. 17, 2004.

Highway data:

U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts 2002, DOT HS 809 620 (Washington, DC: 2003), table 4, Internet site http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/TSFAnn/TSF2002Final.pdf as of Oct. 15, 2004.

Railroad data:

U.S. Federal Railroad Administration, Railroad Safety Statistics, Annual Report 2002 (Washington, DC: August 2004), tables 1-3 and 7-7.

Transit data:

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, Transit Safety and Security Statistics and Analysis (Washington, DC: Annual issues) and personal communication, July 28, 2003 and Oct. 13, 2004.

Waterborne transportation:

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Data Administration Division (G-MRI-1), personal communication, July 2, 2003 and July 16, 2004.

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 Aug. 17, 2004.