Table 3 Distribution of Transportation Fatalities by Mode: 2001

Table 3 Distribution of Transportation Fatalities by Mode: 2001

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  Number %
Passenger car occupants 20,320 45.2
Light-truck occupants 11,723 26.1
Pedestrians struck by motor vehicles 4,901 10.9
Motorcyclists 3,197 7.1
Pedalcyclists struck by motor vehicles 732 1.6
Large-truck occupants 708 1.6
Recreational boating 681 1.5
General aviation 562 1.3
Air carriers a531 1.2
Railroad trespassers (excl. grade crossings)b 511 1.1
Other and unknown motor vehicle occupants 458 1.0
Other nonoccupants struck by motor vehiclesc 123 0.27
Waterborne transportation (nonvessel) 80 0.18
Grade crossings, not involving motor vehiclesd 76 0.17
Air taxi 60 0.13
Heavy rail transit (subway) 59 0.13
Waterborne transportation (vessel-related) 59 0.13
Bus occupants (school, intercity, and transit) 34 0.08
Private grade crossings, with motor vehicles 30 0.07
Railroad employees on duty and contractors 23 0.05
Light-rail transit 21 0.05
Railroad-related, not otherwise specified 13 0.03
Commuter air 13 0.03
Transit buses, not related to accidentse 6 0.01
Gas distribution pipelines 5 0.01
Passengers on railroad trains 3 <0.01
Gas transmission pipelines 2 <0.01
Demand-response transit, not related to accidentse 2 <0.01
Other counts, redundant with abovef    
Large-truck occupants and nonoccupants 4,897  
Public grade crossings, with motor vehicles 315  
Transit buses, accident-related 89  
Commuter rail 87  
Nonoccupants in aviation accidentsa 11  
Demand-responsive transit, accident-related 3  
Total of all modesg 44,933 100.0

a For the September 11 terrorist acts, only persons (245) aboard the aircraft are included.

b Includes fatalities outside trains.

c Includes all nonoccupant fatalities except pedalcyclists and pedestrians.

d Public grade-crossing fatalities involving motor vehicles are included in motor vehicles counts.

e Fatalities 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 rail. Transit bus and demand responsive transit occupant fatalities are counted under "bus" and nonoccupant fatalities are counted under "pedestrians," "pedalcyclists," or other motor vehicle categories.

g Unless otherwise specified, includes fatalities outside the vehicle.

Source: Various sources, as cited in U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics 2002, table 2-4, available at http://www.bts.gov.