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 2002 2003 2004
Fatalities 53 46 57 32 31 28 18 18 33 21 18 38 59 22 34 45 41 41
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 18,819 18,174 16,410
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 57,958 57,674 52,144
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 7,590 7,077 6,845 (R) 6,783 6,637
Rates per 100 million vehicle-miles                                    
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 0.7 (R) 0.6 0.6
Injured personsE N N N 571 365 349 278 246 299 309 247 222 287 234 218 275 (R) 268 247
CrashesE N N N 1,055 979 860 838 871 917 871 780 762 817 732 767 847 (R) 850 786

KEY: E = estimates; N = data do not exist.

a Bus includes school, transit, and intercity buses.

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.

SOURCES

Fatalities and injuries:

1975-2004: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Traffic Safety Facts 2004, Final Edition, DOT HS 809 919 (Washington, DC), table 4, Internet site http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/TSFAnn/TSF2004Final.pdf as of Apr. 1, 2006 and personal communication, May 25, 2006.

Vehicle-miles:

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

1995-2004: Ibid., Highway Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual issues), table VM-1.

Crashes:

1990-2004: Ibid., General Estimates System Database, personal communication, May 25, 2006.