Figure 2 Fatality Rates for Selected Modes

Figure 2 Fatality Rates for Selected Modes

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 Year Passenger car occupants Light truck occupants Large truck occupants Motorcycle riders Air carriersa General aviation
Fatalities VMT (millions) Fatality Rate Per 100 million VMT Fatalities VMT (millions) Fatality Rate per 100 million VMT Fatalities VMT (millions) Fatality rate Per 100 million VMT Fatalities VMT (millions) Fatality Rate Per 100 million VMT Fatalities: actual
(per 100,00 aircraft departure)
Fatalities: smoothed values
(per 100,00 aircraft departure)
Fatalities Hours Flown (millions) Fatality Rate Per 100,000 hours flown
1975 25,928 1,030,376 2.52 4,856 204,274 2.38 961 81,330 1.18 3,189 5,629 56.65     1,252 28.8 4.35
1976 26,166 1,070,667 2.44 5,438 233,382 2.33 1,132 86,070 1.32 3,312 6,003 55.17     1,216 30.5 3.99
1977 26,782 1,102,726 2.43 5,976 257,108 2.32 1,287 95,021 1.35 4,104 6,349 64.64     1,276 31.6 4.04
1978 28,153 1,136,459 2.48 6,745 289,463 2.33 1,395 105,739 1.32 4,577 7,158 63.94 3.16 1.71 1,556 34.9 4.46
1979 27,808 1,111,705 2.50 7,178 293,840 2.44 1,432 109,004 1.31 4,894 8,637 56.66 6.40 1.78 1,221 38.6 3.16
1980 27,449 1,107,056 2.48 7,486 295,475 2.53 1,262 108,491 1.16 5,144 10,214 50.36 0.02 2.00 1,239 36.4 3.40
1981 26,645 1,122,092 2.37 7,081 307,583 2.30 1,133 108,702 1.04 4,906 10,690 45.89 0.08 1.91 1,282 36.8 3.48
1982 23,330 1,145,828 2.04 6,359 322,026 1.97 944 111,423 0.85 4,453 9,910 44.93 4.39 1.82 1,187 29.6 4.01
1983 22,979 1,187,760 1.93 6,202 334,937 1.85 982 116,132 0.85 4,265 8,760 48.69 0.28 1.94 1,069 28.7 3.72
1984 23,620 1,226,461 1.93 6,496 358,588 1.81 1,074 121,796 0.88 4,608 8,784 52.46 0.07 1.86 1,042 29.1 3.58
1985 23,212 1,248,981 1.86 6,689 388,778 1.72 977 123,504 0.79 4,564 9,086 50.23 8.34 1.78 956 28.3 3.38
1986 24,944 1,277,550 1.95 7,317 416,532 1.76 926 126,675 0.73 4,566 9,397 48.59 0.11 2.09 967 27.1 3.57
1987 25,132 1,328,460 1.89 8,058 444,392 1.81 852 133,517 0.64 4,036 9,506 42.46 3.05 2.00 838 27.0 3.10
1988 25,808 1,384,047 1.86 8,306 488,431 1.70 911 137,985 0.66 3,662 10,024 36.53 3.69 2.05 800 27.4 2.92
1989 25,063 1,415,213 1.77 8,551 522,483 1.64 858 142,749 0.60 3,141 10,371 30.29 3.64 2.13 768 27.9 2.75
1990 24,092 1,427,178 1.69 8,601 555,659 1.55 705 146,242 0.48 3,244 9,557 33.94 0.48 2.20 767 28.5 2.69
1991 22,385 1,411,655 1.59 8,391 595,924 1.41 661 149,543 0.44 2,806 9,178 30.57 0.64 2.12 786 27.7 2.84
1992 21,387 1,436,035 1.49 8,098 642,397 1.26 585 153,384 0.38 2,395 9,557 25.06 0.42 2.05 857 24.8 3.46
1993 21,566 1,445,106 1.49 8,511 675,353 1.26 605 159,888 0.38 2,449 9,906 24.72 0.01 1.97 736 22.8 3.23
1994 21,997 1,459,208 1.51 8,904 711,515 1.25 670 170,216 0.39 2,320 10,240 22.66 1.90 1.87 730 22.2 3.28
1995 22,423 1,478,352 1.52 9,568 749,971 1.28 648 178,156 0.36 2,227 9,797 22.73 1.99 1.87 734 24.9 2.95
1996 22,505 1,499,139 1.50 9,932 787,255 1.26 621 182,971 0.34 2,161 9,920 21.78 4.62 1.88 632 24.9 2.54
1997 21,199 1,528,399 1.45 10,249 824,896 1.24 723 191,477 0.38 2,116 10,081 20.99 0.08 2.01 643 25.5 2.53
1998 21,194 1,552,173 1.37 10,705 859,885 1.23 742 196,053 0.38 2,294 10,260 22.36 0.01 1.92 623 26.8 2.32
1999     1.33     1.25     0.37     23.26 0.00 1.83     2.32
2000     1.27     1.24     0.36     27.31 0.79 1.74     1.92

a For air carriers, the data were dampened, or smoothed, to reduce the month-to-month fluctuations. This dampening was performed using an exponential smoothing model, with a weight of 0.95. Departure data, and hence the denominator of the rates, are not strictly comparable between pre- and post-1977 eras.

Source: Various sources, as cited in U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics 2001, available Spring 2002 at www.bts.gov, or email to answers@bts.gov.