Figure 2-4 Fatality Rates for Selected Modes

Figure 2-4 Fatality Rates for Selected Modes

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Year Passenger car occupants Light-truck occupants Large-truck occupants Motorcycle riders General aviation Air carriers (actual and smoothed fatality rates)
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 Hours flown (millions) Fatality rate per 100,000 hours flown Actual fatality rate per 100,000 departures Smoothed fatality rate
1985 23,212 1,248,981 1.86 6,689 388,779 1.72 977 123,504 0.79 4,564 9,086 50.23 956 28.3 3.38 8.34 1.64
1986 24,944 1,277,550 1.95 7,317 416,532 1.76 926 126,675 0.73 4,566 9,397 48.59 967 27.1 3.57 0.11 1.58
1987 25,132 1,328,460 1.89 8,058 444,392 1.81 852 133,517 0.64 4,036 9,506 42.46 838 27.0 3.10 3.05 1.65
1988 25,808 1,384,047 1.86 8,306 488,431 1.70 911 137,985 0.66 3,662 10,024 36.53 800 27.4 2.92 3.69 1.77
1989 25,063 1,415,213 1.77 8,551 522,483 1.64 858 142,749 0.60 3,141 10,371 30.29 768 27.9 2.75 3.64 1.88
1990 24,092 1,427,178 1.69 8,601 555,659 1.55 705 146,242 0.48 3,244 9,557 33.94 770 28.5 2.70 0.48 1.80
1991 22,385 1,411,655 1.59 8,391 595,924 1.41 661 149,543 0.44 2,806 9,178 30.57 800 27.7 2.89 0.64 1.74
1992 21,387 1,436,035 1.49 8,098 642,397 1.26 585 153,384 0.38 2,395 9,557 25.06 867 24.8 3.50 0.42 1.67
1993 21,566 1,445,106 1.49 8,511 675,353 1.26 605 159,888 0.38 2,449 9,906 24.72 744 22.8 3.26 0.01 1.58
1994 21,997 1,459,208 1.51 8,904 711,515 1.25 670 170,216 0.39 2,320 10,240 22.66 730 22.2 3.28 2.90 1.64
1995 22,423 1,478,352 1.52 9,568 749,971 1.28 648 178,156 0.36 2,227 9,797 22.73 735 24.9 2.95 1.99 1.67
1996 22,505 1,499,139 1.50 9,932 787,255 1.26 621 182,971 0.34 2,161 9,920 21.78 636 24.9 2.55 4.62 1.83
1997 21,199 1,528,399 1.39 10,249 824,896 1.24 723 191,477 0.38 2,116 10,081 20.99 631 25.6 2.47 0.08 1.74
1998 21,194 1,555,901 1.36 10,705 861,951 1.24 742 196,380 0.38 2,294 10,283 22.31 625 25.5 2.45 0.01 1.64
1999 20,862 1,566,808 1.33 11,265 903,314 1.25 759 202,688 0.37 2,483 10,584 23.46 619 29.2 2.12 0.11 1.55
2000 20,699 R1,580,735 R1.31 11,526 R942,611 R1.22 754 205,520 0.36 2,897 10,469 27.67 596 27.8 2.14 0.80 1.51
2001 20,320 R1,595,443 R1.27 11,723 R976,096 R1.20 708 209,032 0.34 3,197 9,639 33.17 562 25.4 2.21 4.85 1.69
2002 20,569 R1,611,860 R1.28 12,274 R1,012,648 R1.21 689 R214,603 R0.33 3,270 R9,552 R34.23 581 25.5 2.27 0.00 1.63
2003 R19,725 R1,612,237 R1.22 R12,546 R1,043,936 R1.20 R726 R217,917 R0.33 R3,714 R9,577 R38.78 632 25.7 2.46 0.21 1.55
2004 19,091 1,623,639 1.18 12,602 1,095,685 1.15 761 226,505 0.34 4,008 10,048 39.89 558 24.9 2.24 0.13 1.47

Notes: Air carrier data were smoothed using an exponential smoothing model, with a weight of 0.945 to reduce the year-to-year fluctuations. Air carrier fatalities resulting from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks include only those persons onboard aircraft.

Sources: U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Traffic Safety Facts 2004 tables 7-10, as of March 2006. Air carriers and general aviation-USDOT, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics, tables 2-9 and 2-14, available at http://www.bts.gov, as of September 2006.