1-4 Fatality Rates for Selected Modes: 1985-2009

1-4 Fatality Rates for Selected Modes: 1985-2009

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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 aircraft departures Smoothed fatality rate per 100,000 aircraft departures
1985 23,212 1,248,980 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 1.65
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 1.56
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 1.64
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 1.76
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 1.86
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 1.78
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 0.79 1.72
1992 21,387 1,436,035 1.49 8,098 642,397 1.26 585 153,384 0.38 2,395 9,557 25.06 866 24.8 3.49 0.42 1.65
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 1.56
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 1.63
1995 22,423 1,478,352 1.52 9,568 749,971 1.28 648 178,156 0.36 2,227 9,797 22.73 734 24.9 2.95 1.99 1.65
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 2.56 4.62 1.82
1997 22,199 1,528,399 1.45 10,249 824,896 1.24 723 191,477 0.38 2,116 10,081 20.99 631 25.6 2.47 0.08 1.72
1998 21,194 1,555,901 1.36 10,705 861,951 1.24 742 196,380 0.38 2,294 10,283 22.31 624 25.5 2.45 0.01 1.63
1999 20,862 R 1,569,455 1.33 11,265 R 900,667 1.25 759 202,688 0.37 2,483 10,584 23.46 621 29.2 2.12 0.11 1.54
2000 20,699 R 1,583,127 1.31 11,526 R 940,219 1.23 754 205,520 0.37 2,897 10,469 27.67 596 27.8 2.14 0.80 1.50
2001 20,320 R 1,596,579 1.27 11,723 R 973,401 1.20 708 R 208,928 0.34 3,197 R 9,633 33.19 562 25.4 2.21 4.85 1.69
2002 20,569 R 1,613,749 1.27 12,274 R 1,010,759 1.21 689 214,603 0.32 3,270 9,552 34.23 581 25.5 2.27 0.00 1.59
2003 19,725 R 1,613,543 1.22 12,546 R 1,042,444 1.20 726 R 217,876 0.33 3,714 R 9,576 38.78 633 26.0 2.43 0.21 1.52
2004 19,192 R 1,629,955 1.18 12,674 R 1,097,099 1.16 766 R 220,811 0.35 4,028 10,122 39.79 559 24.9 2.25 0.13 1.44
2005 18,512 R 1,616,908 1.14 13,037 R 1,132,564 1.15 804 222,523 0.36 4,576 10,454 43.77 563 23.2 2.43 0.20 1.37
2006 17,925 R 1,616,328 1.11 12,761 R 1,156,697 1.10 805 222,513 0.36 4,837 12,049 40.14 706 24.0 2.95 0.46 1.32
2007 16,614 R 1,554,673 1.07 12,458 R 1,136,361 1.10 805 R 304,178 0.26 5,174 R 21,396 24.18 496 23.8 2.08 0.01 1.25
2008 14,646 R 1,524,331 0.96 10,816 R 1,105,882 0.98 682 R 310,680 0.22 5,312 R 20,811 25.52 494 22.8 2.17 0.03 1.18
2009 R 13,135 1,508,687 0.87 R 10,312 1,121,651 0.92 R 499 288,005 0.17 R 4,469 20,800 21.45 478 20.9 2.29 0.54 1.15

Key: R = revised.

Notes: Not all graph scales are comparable. 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 onboard fatalities. Highway fatality rates for 1999 through 2008 are revised.

Sources: Passenger car occupants, Light-truck occupants, Large-truck occupants, and Motorcycle riders—U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Traffic Safety Facts, annual Issues and 2010 Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview, available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov as of December 2011. Large air carriers and General aviation—National Transportation Safety Board, Annual Review of Aircraft Accident Data— U.S. Air Carrier Operations and U.S. General Aviation, available at http://www.ntsb.gov/ as of October 2011 as reported in U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics, tables 2-9 and 2-14, available at http://www.bts.gov/publications/national_transportation_statistics/ as of December 2011.