MOTOR VEHICLE-RELATED HIGHWAY FATALITIES

MOTOR VEHICLE-RELATED HIGHWAY FATALITIES

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

Fatalities of Highway Vehicle Occupants, Pedestrians, and Bicyclists (annual data). If you are a user with a disability and cannot view this image, please call 800-853-1351 or email answers@bts.gov for further assistance.

Highway crashes caused 94 percent of all transportation-related fatalities in 2001, and were the leading cause of death of people ages 4 through 23 (DOT Performance Plan FY 2003 and Performance Report FY 2001).

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 2000 2001
Highway total 41,945 42,116
Highway total percent change from previous year   0.55   0.41
Passenger car occupants 20,699 20,233
Passenger car occupants percent change from previous year  -0.78  -2.25
Light-truck occupants 11,526 11,677
Light-truck occupants percent change from previous year   2.52   1.31
Pedestrians  4,763  4,882
Pedestrians percent change from previous year  -3.56   2.50
Motorcyclists  2,897  3,181
Motorcyclists percent change from previous year  16.67   9.80
Bicyclists    693    728
Bicyclists percent change from previous year  -8.09   5.05
Other highway**    613    711
Other highway** percent change from previous year   2.85  15.99
Large-truck occupants    754    704
Large-truck occupants percent change from previous year  -0.66  -6.63

** Other highway includes buses, construction equipment, farm equipment, etc, and other unknown vehicle types.

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. 2001 numbers from NHTSA, 2001 Annual Assessment, available at: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/Rpts/2002/Assess01.pdf