Table 3 Distribution of Transportation Fatalities: 2003

Table 3 Distribution of Transportation Fatalities: 2003

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Category Number %
Passenger car occupants 19,460 43.3
Light-truck occupants 12,444 27.7
Pedestrians struck by motor vehicles 4,749 10.6
Motorcyclists 3,661 8.2
Other and unknown motor vehicle occupants 804 1.8
Large-truck occupants 723 1.6
Recreational boating 703 1.6
General aviation 632 1.4
Pedalcyclists struck by motor vehicles 622 1.4
Railroad trespassers (excl. grade crossings)a 501 1.1
Other nonoccupants struck by motor vehiclesb 140 0.31
Waterborne transportation (nonvessel-related) 74 0.16
Grade crossings, not involving motor vehiclesc 62 0.14
Waterborne transportation (vessel-related) 53 0.12
Heavy-rail transit (e.g., subway) 49 0.11
Air taxi 42 0.09
Bus occupants (school, intercity, transit) 40 0.09
Private grade crossings, with motor vehicles 30 0.07
Air carriers 22 0.05
Rail employees on duty and contractors 20 0.04
Light-rail transit 17 0.04
Transit buses, not accident-relatedd 14 0.03
Gas distribution pipelines 11 0.02
Rail-related, not otherwise specified 10 0.02
Demand-response transit, not accident-relatedd 3 <0.01
Passengers on railroad trains 2 <0.01
Commuter air 2 <0.01
Gas transmission pipelines 1 <0.01
Total, all modese 44,891 100.0
Other counts, redundant with abovef    
Large-truck occupants and nonoccupants   4,986
Public grade crossings, with motor vehicles   240
Commuter rail   77
Transit buses, accident-related   73
Outside planes in crashesg   6
Demand-response transit, accident-related   1

a Includes fatalities outside trains. b Includes all nonoccupant fatalities, except pedalcyclists and pedestrians. c Public grade-crossing fatalities involving motor vehicles (MVs) are included in MV counts. d Fatalities unrelated to transit bus and demand-response accidents are not included under highway submodes. e Unless otherwise noted, includes fatalities outside vehicles. f Fatalities at grade crossings with MVs are included under relevant MV modes. Commuter rail fatalities are counted under rail. Transit bus and demand-response occupant fatalities are counted under "bus," and nonoccupant fatalities are counted under "pedestrians," "pedalcyclists," or other MV categories. g Includes nonoccupant fatalities in aviation accidents.

Sources: Various sources as cited in USDOT, RITA, BTS, National Transportation Statistics, table 2-4, available at http://www.bts.gov, forthcoming.