MOTOR VEHICLE-RELATED HIGHWAY FATALITIES

MOTOR VEHICLE-RELATED HIGHWAY FATALITIES

Fatalities of Highway Vehicle Occupants, Pedestrians, and Bicyclists (annual data)

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Highway crashes caused 94 percent of all transportation-related fatalities in 2000. They were the leading cause of death of people ages 5 through 29 (DOT Performance Plan FY 2002 and Performance Report FY 2000).

NOTES: Large trucks - trucks over 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating, including single unit trucks and truck tractors.

Light trucks - trucks of 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating or less, including pickups, vans, truck-based station wagons, and utility vehicles. The number of light trucks has increased greatly since 1990, affecting light truck occupant fatality numbers.

See U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics 2000, pp. 429-435, for detailed discussion of modal fatality data.

Fatalities by Type 1999 2000
Highway total* 41,717 41,821
Highway total percent change from previous year   0.52   0.25
Passenger car occupants 20,862 20,492
Passenger car occupants percent change from previous year  -1.57  -1.77
Light-truck occupants 11,243 11,418
Light-truck occupants percent change from previous year   5.03   1.56
Pedestrians  4,939  4,739
Pedestrians percent change from previous year  -5.53  -4.05
Motorcyclists  2,483  2,862
Motorcyclists percent change from previous year   8.24  15.26
Large-truck occupants    759    741
Large-truck occupants percent change from previous year   2.29  -2.37
Bicyclists    754    690
Bicyclists percent change from previous year  -0.79  -8.49
Other highway    596    857
Other highway percent change from previous year  10.37  43.79

* Total highway fatalities include bus occupants, not shown here.

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2000 Traffic Safety Facts, available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/ncsa/tsf2000/2000ovrfacts.pdf