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 Bus occupants Rail passengers General aviation Air carriers
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 VMT (millions) Fatality Rate Per 100 million VMT Fatalities Train Miles (millions) Fatality Rate Per 100 million Train Miles Fatalities Hours flown (millions) Fatality rate per 100,000 hours flown Actual fatality rate Smoothed fatality rate
1980 27,449 1,107,056 2.48 7,486 290,935 2.57 1,262 108,491 1.16 5,144 10,214 50.36 46 6,059 0.76 4     1,239 36.4 3.40 0.02 1.28
1981 26,645 1,122,092 2.37 7,081 296,343 2.39 1,133 108,702 1.04 4,906 10,690 45.89 56 6,241 0.90 4     1,282 36.8 3.48 0.08 1.21
1982 23,330 1,145,828 2.04 6,359 306,141 2.08 944 111,423 0.85 4,453 9,910 44.93 35 5,823 0.60 9     1,187 29.6 4.01 4.39 1.39
1983 22,979 1,187,760 1.93 6,202 327,643 1.89 982 116,132 0.85 4,265 8,760 48.69 53 5,199 1.02 4     1,069 28.7 3.72 0.28 1.33
1984 23,620 1,226,461 1.93 6,496 358,006 1.81 1,074 121,796 0.88 4,608 8,784 52.46 46 4,640 0.99 12     1,042 29.1 3.58 0.07 1.25
1985 23,212 1,248,981 1.86 6,689 390,961 1.71 977 123,504 0.79 4,564 9,086 50.23 57 4,478 1.27 3     956 28.3 3.38 8.34 1.66
1986 24,944 1,277,550 1.95 7,317 423,915 1.73 926 126,675 0.73 4,566 9,397 48.59 39 4,717 0.83 4     967 27.1 3.57 0.11 1.57
1987 25,132 1,328,460 1.89 8,058 456,870 1.76 852 133,517 0.64 4,036 9,506 42.46 51 5,330 0.96 16     838 27.0 3.10 3.05 1.66
1988 25,808 1,384,047 1.86 8,306 502,207 1.65 911 137,985 0.66 3,662 10,024 36.53 54 5,475 0.99 2     800 27.4 2.92 3.69 1.77
1989 25,063 1,415,213 1.77 8,551 536,475 1.59 858 142,749 0.60 3,141 10,371 30.29 50 5,670 0.88 8     768 27.9 2.75 3.64 1.88
1990 24,092 1,427,178 1.69 8,601 574,571 1.50 705 146,242 0.48 3,244 9,557 33.94 32 5,726 0.56 3 72 4.17 767 28.5 2.69 0.48 1.80
1991 22,385 1,411,655 1.59 8,391 649,394 1.29 661 149,543 0.44 2,806 9,178 30.57 31 5,750 0.54 8 74 10.81 799 27.7 2.84 0.79 1.74
1992 21,387 1,436,035 1.49 8,098 706,863 1.15 585 153,384 0.38 2,395 9,557 25.06 28 5,778 0.48 3 74 4.05 867 24.8 3.50 0.42 1.67
1993 21,566 1,445,106 1.49 8,511 745,750 1.14 605 159,888 0.38 2,449 9,906 24.72 18 6,125 0.29 58 75 77.33 740 22.8 3.25 0.01 1.57
1994 21,997 1,459,208 1.51 8,904 764,634 1.16 670 170,216 0.39 2,320 10,240 22.66 18 6,409 0.28 5 75 6.67 730 22.2 3.28 2.90 1.65
1995 22,423 1,478,352 1.52 9,568 790,029 1.21 648 178,156 0.36 2,227 9,797 22.73 33 6,383 0.52 0 76 0.00 735 24.9 2.95 1.99 1.67
1996 22,505 1,499,139 1.50 9,932 816,540 1.22 621 182,971 0.34 2,161 9,920 21.78 21 6,563 0.32 12 74 16.27 636 24.9 2.55 4.62 1.84
1997 21,199 1,528,399 1.45 10,249 850,739 1.20 723 191,477 0.38 2,116 10,081 20.99 18 6,842 0.26 6 78 7.69 631 25.6 2.47 0.08 1.74
1998 21,194 1,549,577 1.37 10,705 868,275 1.23 742 196,380 0.38 2,294 10,283 22.31 38 6,842 0.56 4 78 5.13 624 25.5 2.45 0.01 1.64
1999   1,569,100 1.33   901,022 1.25   202,688 0.37   10,584 23.26             619 29.7 2.08 0.11 1.55
2000 20,699 1,600,287 1.29 11,526 923,059 1.25 754 205,520 0.36 2,897 10,469 27.31             595 29.1 2.05 0.80 1.51
2001 20,233 1,619,422 1.25 11,677 937,839 1.25 704 207,686 0.34 3,181 9,529 33.38             562 27.5 2.04 5.27 1.72
2002                                     576 26.1 2.21 0.00 1.62

Notes: For air carriers, the data were smoothed, using an exponential smoothing model, with a weight of 0.94 to reduce the year-to-year fluctuations. For air carriers, fatalities resulting from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks include only those persons onboard aircraft. 2002 data are preliminary.

Sources: Except as noted, various sources, as cited in U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), National Transportation Statistics (NTS) 2002 (Washington, DC: 2002), chapter 2. Air carriers and general aviation-USDOT, BTS, NTS, available at http://www.bts.gov, tables 2-9 and 2-14.