Fatalities represent the most severe safety consequence for the transportation system. The overall number of transportation fatalities grew from 1992 to 1996, then trended downward in 1997 and 1998. Preliminary estimates for transportation-related fatalities in 2001 were 44,208, compared to 47,348 in 1990.
See U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics 2000, pp. 429-435, for detailed discussion of modal fatality data.
|Percent change from previous year||0.68||0.10|
SOURCES: Data compiled from various government agencies as cited in the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), National Transportation Statistics 2000. 2001 number from U.S. DOT 2003 Performance Plan, 2001 Performance Report, available at: http://www.dot.gov/performance/